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Let’s face it, we don’t all have space for a huge garden. We also don’t all have a nice green thumb {raises hand}. So, a pallet garden can be much easier to manage for those just starting to learn to garden. With a pallet garden, you can still get outside with the family and enjoy nurturing and growing your own food in baby steps. There are lots of ways to make a pallet garden so check out our pallet garden tutorial and let us know what you think.

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DIY Pallet Garden Tutorial

A year or so ago I got this huge pallet with a piece of furniture that was delivered to my house. I hate throwing stuff away that seems like it might come in handy one day so I kept it. Finally, I decided what we should do with it: plant a pallet garden!

You will need…
1 pallet
staple gun w/staples
gardening gloves
landscaping paper
potting soil

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We have tried our hands at gardens before but our backyard is really sloped and not ideal for a garden, so a pallet garden is a perfect compromise. It’s small and we have a small household so we feel we can grow a manageable amount of food for us in one. Here is our pallet garden tutorial so that you can decide if this might be a good option for you and your family.

First you will need a pallet and some landscaping paper. We stapled the landscaping paper along the bottom of the pallet and up the sides, to keep the dirt from spilling out. You could also nail wood to the sides if you want, to create a box if you don’t have landscaping paper.

Next, dig up some dirt. We covered the bottom of the pallet garden with dirt {on top of the landscaping paper} and then added 2 really big bags of potting soil. The amount of potting soil that you need really depends on the size of the pallet that you use. We used a really long pallet, so I think one big bag {the ones that cost $2-$3 will be sufficient for most pallets}.

Finally, plant your seeds per instructions on the packages. We decided to try a different type seed {watermelon, tomatoes, jalapenos, carrots, you name it, we planted it} in each hole just to see what might actually grow in a pallet. After a few weeks, we will do a follow up post to let you guys know if we were able to get anything to grow. Either way, it will be fun for my daughter and I to work on this garden together this spring and summer. šŸ™‚

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    That is a super cute idea. I would love to have one of these in my backyard. Fresh produce is the best.

  2. Snagging this!! Spring is just around the corner and we are just getting ready to get our “dig on”. With the price of food rising we are planning on making a veggie bed this year. Can not wait!

  3. This is a really great idea! We live in southern texas where the ground is so hard there is no digging it up! A raised pallet garden would be the perfect solution

  4. That’s so fun! We have a garden box in our front yard that we use, since we don’t have a lot of space. We’re growing peppers and herbs this year.

  5. Those pallet gardens are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial and the advice!

  6. What an adorable idea. I would love to create a DIY pallet garden but I am moving and to an even smaller place so sadly I will not have space!

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      Oh no! Maybe you could have an herb garden in your kitchen window or something, at least.

  7. I did this last year and I absolutely love it! Gives me a place to grow my veggies without a huge ton of work. So perfect!

  8. I palette garden is such a great idea. It can work in so many different spaces.

  9. anything made from a palette is a good idea to me haha seriously they are so versatile!

  10. Gardening season is a fav at the Dollhouse. Your garden is great, we love seeing the different ways people do it. My grandma is an advocate of adding coffee grounds to the soil.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      I am not sure I have heard of that before. We have coffee everyday, though, so perhaps that is something we should do.

  11. This is a great idea. We have a lot of critters in our back yard. Wonder if this would be raised enough to keep them out.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      We are thinking about moving it to our deck next year. Perhaps that would be a good option for you?

  12. I say every year I am going to make a pallet garden, then I chicken out. But, your tutorial makes me feel like I can actually do it this year! šŸ˜‰

  13. I’ve been searching for ideas for sometimes now to decorate our patio for Spring and Summer, so this post is like refresh my mind. Using palet is helping to save some space for other decor, beside the plants. Thank you for sharing this.

  14. I’m really looking forward to having a yard so I can garden again. Living here in the city, I miss having that outdoor space.

  15. What a great idea! We’ve been talking about adding a raised garden bed to our yard, and this would make that pretty easy. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of using palettes for this šŸ™‚ thank you!

  16. I love this! I actually love all the DIY with the pallets…I just don’t know where people get all of these free pallets from! We are planning on raking out our garden beds this weekend, I can’t wait to plant our vegetables!

  17. We recently built raised beds in our (small) side yard. It’s so exciting going out everyday to see if you have produce yet. The only concern I would have with the recycled pallet wood is that it’s treated and therefore full of chemicals that will seep into your dirt. Just something to consider if you were hoping to do organic gardening. Good luck with your crops!

  18. Ooo ā€“ I love this idea and the way it looks. We built a garden box and it actually broke about 3-4 years laterā€¦I’m looking for something to replace it now. Pinned this.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      Sorry to hear that yours broke, especially since you put the time in to build it. You can get pallets all over the place – sometimes even free. So, if it breaks in a few years it isn’t that big of a deal.

  19. This is such a great idea. I don’t have a great yard for a garden, I’m thinking this could work though.

  20. I love this. My mom has the green thumb so I am emailing her this post! She loves planting with the kids.

  21. We never ever used pallets like this when we had a summer house with a garden. If we knew about them back then our garden would have been so much better!

  22. I’ve built this kind of setup in the past and can highly recommend it as it is a lot of fun and very rewarding. I filled mine with. beautiful fresh flowers