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Yard Progress: Quick Pallet Planter

2013 May 20
by Becky

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We did a quick little yard project recently.

Remember how I said I wanted a BIG pot filled with huge plants to fill the wall of our garage? Well, the pot I wanted was gonna be expensive. And I have other plans for that money! (Hint: The kitchen) So…we decided to make something that would be downright cheap.

Actually, it was free.

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 To find this lovely pallet, we drove through the alley behind Grand Street, the main drag in our neighborhood, full of shops and restaurants…and pallets. I thought it would be hard but we hit the mother load and drove by three others before eyeing this beaut. Stu jumped out, asked permission to take it, and one of the shop workers was happy to help carry the pallet to our car. Luckily it was only a short drive home because the thing hung out the back of my trunk, making my car do a “BEEEEEEEEEP” noise for the whole two block drive.

Sorry neighbors.

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Stu sprung into action cutting down and screwing in “shelves” out of 2x4s left by the previous homeowners. These shelves would be where our plants get…planted. He then cut down a huge piece of plywood, also left in our garage, for a backer. After adding some “feet” to raise the pallet a little, it was ready for plants.

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I had plenty of left-over potato vine, some creeping jenny, and countless petunias (Stu went a little crazy buying plants a couple weeks ago) so those went in first. They will get all ‘droopy’ and ‘climby’ soon, really filling up the planter. Then I transplanted our dill, mint, rosemary, and thyme from their boring, too-small terra-cotta pots into the pallet. I left plenty of space for the plants to fill out, but it already looks very nice.

And does quite a nice job filling up the huge empty space!

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We are pretty thrilled with the result!

And our sprinkler system (never had one of those before!) will surely help keep all our hard work alive, even when Stu, aka Water Boy, is traveling.

He’s famous for telling me “Don’t forget to water!” as he heads out of town. I suck at remembering.

Ethan and I also finished the vegetable garden last week. Spinach, arugula, and romaine lettuce now grow in our tiny space. I cannot wait to make our first “harvest!”

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So there is my FREE solution to the large-empty-wall issue. I hope everything survives!

Back Update:
Thank you to everyone who emailed, text messaged, called, commented, and Facebooked about my back issues. You are all SO sweet! I went to the doctor on Friday and found out it is not sciatica, it’s a disc issue. I’ve been dealing with degenerative disc disease for many years and it seems things may have progressed past the “maintenance” point. So I’ll be going back on Tuesday for x-rays and, most likely, a round of tapered steroids to get the inflammation down and the nerves calm. After that some physical therapy will be in order. Not sure how that’s going to work with Ethan in tow, but I’ve got some ideas. Hopefully I will be on the mend soon, before I turn into jello from lack of activity. :) 

 

 

9 Responses
  1. May 20, 2013

    Great idea. We have lots of pallets !! Could be a new business –Pallet Planters

  2. Grandpa Joe permalink
    May 20, 2013

    Love the Pallet-Planter Creation.
    I’ve got hundreds of these piled at the plant…………..
    I wonder……

    • Becky permalink*
      May 22, 2013

      If I lived closer I’d probably be using your stash to remake my entire house…it could be a problem.

  3. May 20, 2013

    So darn creative – it looks great!
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    • Becky permalink*
      May 22, 2013

      Thanks!!!! “Free” motivates me :)

  4. Linda Johnson permalink
    May 20, 2013

    Love the pallet planter!! Cannot wait to see it in person this Friday.

    So glad to hear you found out about your back issues. Not knowing can be the worse.

    • Becky permalink*
      May 22, 2013

      We can’t wait to have you!

  5. August 28, 2013

    What a fun and inexpensive family project for the yard and garden! Thanks for sharing the idea, tips and pictures too. So cute and very appealing as a side wall planter. Thanks for sharing!

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