How to Plant a Pallet Garden

Check out this helpful blog post about what to look for when sourcing a pallet. You want to find one that is heat-treated (HT stamp), not MB!

In this video, I walk you through the steps for creating a vertical pallet herb garden. Originally, I thought I’d fill it with sedum and succulents because you know how I feel about those. But then, after a bit of research and thought, I decided to go with herbal edibles. Succulents are pretty low maintenance and are beautiful for sure, but they would make this project even more expensive than it already is. Rather than using just plain potting soil, you’d need succulent/cactus potting mix, which adds up, especially with this quantity. And buying all the succulents to fill the space is another investment entirely. Besides that, edibles are really my thing and perennial herbs are also low maintenance and beautiful. And I can eat them too! Bonus!

Now since I don’t technically know where this pallet has been or how it has been treated or fumigated, I may not actually eat the herbs I’ve planted in it. But then again, maybe I’ll live on the edge and put a few of those chocolate mint leaves into my next mojito after all.

The necessities:

1 clean pallet
weed cloth fabric (look for the thick fabric kind rather than the black, stretchy kind)
about 2 large bags of potting soil
28 starts (4 inch pots), preferably perennial herbs or ground cover
a heavy duty stapler and staples

The plants:

Creeping Golden Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
Marjoram Miniature (Origanum onites)
Marjoram Golden Upright (Origanum majorana)
Chocolate Mint
Crinkle Leaf Oregano (Origanum onites aureum)
Common Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Beach/Sand Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
Lipstick Strawberry (Fragaria ‘lipstick’)

GREENING THE CITY, also BREATHING SPACES – Learning from the High Line – Manhattan – May, 2016
Every Time we are in Manhattan, the High Line is one of the first places we seek out to escape the noise and bustle of the streets below. On this weekday morning in May, the park was serving as a mile long linear classroom with numerous school groups engaged in outdoor educational activities of all sorts focused on the varied and beautifully tended plantings.

A couple of weeks ago we were in New York City for a wedding and returned to the High Line after visits in 2013 and 2014. Much has changed in two years. The third and northernmost section has now opened. It wraps around freight yards and a huge construction site, and the plantings appear not to have been altered or rejuvenated yet. It will be fascinating to see how this section changes over the next several years. The older two sections also continue to mature and to become more interesting, and the public art changes every year, with several particularly provocative and/or beautiful works of sculpture drawing intense interest as part of the "Wanderlust" series this year.
By UGArdener on 2016-05-26 10:47:21