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June 1, 2012 - GrowOrganic
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Video Transcript
Hello I'm Autumn an organic gardener and mother. Today I'd like to share with you some tips about how to transform a pallet into a garden for a small space. To make our pallet garden we will need: weed fabric, staple gun, six-packs of plants, organic potting soil. I've selected a pallet and the first step is to stretch weed cloth or landscape fabric over the back to contain the potting soil. Lay that weed fabric over the pallet than fold it back so that it wont unravel and simply staple it in. So you're going to staple around the three sides leaving the top open so that plants can grow out of the top. Now if you're looking for a pallet just check smaller retailers in your area that don't have a pallet recycling program already in place there often happy to get rid of them. Once you've stapled the weed fabric to both sides, the bottom and leaving a gap open for the top find the cross bar on the back and staple the weed fabric onto it. We are ready to plant in our pallet now the first place we will plant is across the top. You're going to want to cram the plants in as tightly as possible so that you create a solid seal and no soil can escape sometimes it feels really tight but that's what you need. Now that the top is sealed up we're going to fill the pallet with potting soil and then sweep it into the cracks with a broom. Now we get to plant the face of the pallet, for every hole you can plant about one six pack. Dig a slight trench with your hand and then plant your beautiful flowers and allisum is great for attracting beneficial insects and strawberries are a lot of fun especially if you have kids. Once you've planted your pallet garden you should let it lay horizontally for a few weeks while the plants root in. So this pallet garden has been standing up for a little while now it's grown in nicely a lot of the plants are growing vertically now and you can seed more peas and beans along the top to grow along the fence and keep it well watered as pallets have a tendency to dry out faster than other containers. Enjoy your small space garden and grow organic for life!

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craig Says:
Jun 15th, 2012 at 10:15 am

Love the creativity, reutilization, and frugal DIY nature of the project.  I’ve shared with my gardening group in hopes the fun will catch on.  grin  From gutter to pallet gardens, edibles to ornamentals continue to sustain fun as we play and garden the day away.

First Garden Juneau AK

Andrew Says:
Jun 30th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Aren’t most pallets treated with hazardous chemicals, making it a poor choice for a growing container for edible plants/fruits/veg./etc.?

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jul 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Craig, Thanks for your support up there!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jul 3rd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Andrew, Some pallets are treated with chemicals and some are heat treated. Treehugger has a good overview of pallet safety and is generally in favor of heat treated pallets. Here’s the link http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/are-pallets-unpalletable-building-material-survey.html The heat treated stamps on pallets look like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/loridwilson/4763061338/

Robert Says:
Oct 26th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

In each issue of the magazine and eosipde on television we bring you lots of different home and garden projects, but we want to know which improvements you find the most challenging.  We will then look at bringing you some ideas to help you to complete these projects so you can have a better home and garden.- Better Homes and Gardens Team

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