How to Build a Vertical Pallet Garden for Vegetables and Herbs

Upcycle an old pallet and turn it into a beautiful garden boasting with vegetables and herbs.

By Kay Maguire and Tony Woods
February 2018

 Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Big Ideas for Small Spaces: Creative Ideas and 30 Projects for Balconies, Roof Gardens, Windowsills and Terraces (Firefly Books, 2017), by Kay Maguire and Tony Woods, introduce new and exciting ways to spruce up small spaces in outdoor areas. Maguire and Woods provide step by step instructions with photos for projects that make it easy for readers to follow. Readers will also find plant and flower suggestions that would be best for each unique space. The following excerpt is from Section 4: “The Projects-Verticals.”

There are plenty of DIY wall planters on the market but this recycled pallet is an instant winner for price, ease, and rustic style. When packed with pretty edibles it will also keep you going in fresh leaves, herbs, and veg all summer long.



The gaps between the slats in a pallet make perfect pocket planters and mean that your wall planter is almost instantly ready to plant. It just needs sealing with plastic around the back and sides to hold the potting compost and plants in place. Most crops like a warm, bright spot so choose a sunny wall for your pallet. Before planting secure it to the wall with vine eyes and wire, to stop it toppling over after watering and when it gets heavy with produce. Plant the pallet through the slats, treating each row as a separate layer. To help stop potting compost falling through the layers, line each layer with a length of plastic. We filled green wall pallet with quick-growing, productive edibles such as salads, courgettes (zucchini), and herbs, but such a pallet could also become a colourful display when planted with bright seasonal plants and annuals.