Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

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I have been wanting to do this project for over a year. This pallet has literally been sitting in my backyard just waiting for me to get motivated ... and I am thankful I finally did! After much Pinterest educating, I tackled this long-overdue project. Can you tell I love succulents? This now is the fourth or fifth succulent project I have made!

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


SUPPLIES

  • Pallet
  • Landscaping Fabric
  • Staple Gun
  • 5 Cubic Feet of Dirt (I bought the kind specific for succulents)
  • Succulents


Step 1: Obtain a pallet.

I am sure there are several ways you can obtain them for free. Here in San Diego, we seem to have them in every alley, so when I saw this one in decent shape, I scooped it up. I stained it a dark color, before I started—and I am glad I did; it makes the green of the succulents really pop! I also sanded down any really jagged edges.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


Step 2: Use landscaping fabric.

Measure it out the size of your pallet. I measured mine out to be three times the size I needed, so I could fold it over upon itself, thus creating a thicker barrier.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


Step 3: Staple the heck out of it.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

Staple everywhere. Especially focus on the bottom and the sides, making sure it is tightly fixed.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


Step 4: Place pallet flat on the ground, opening side up.

IMPORTANT: Put your pallet down as close as possible to where you want to permanently place it, because it will be VERY heavy. I was shocked that it took two grown men to move my pallet about a yard, and it was a strenuous activity.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


Step 5: Add dirt.

Maybe it was because my pallet was larger than others, but I went through five bags of dirt! I saw a tutorial that only called for one, so I bought two. Then I had to go to the store for more … then again for more! So if you don't want to make several trips, get more then you need. Pack it in nice and tight, especially on the bottom. 

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


Step 6: Add succulents.

My pallet garden is thankfully made entirely from cuttings I was able to get them from neighbors, family, friends, and even my own yard—and I still keep adding to it! This was a HUGE savings on cost.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden


Step 7: Let it sit.

Ideally, let it sit for a few weeks, in order to allow plants to root before moving it vertical. I waited about a week, though, and it was fine.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

Succulents do not need to be watered a ton; maybe once a week.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

Enjoy your vertical pallet garden.

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

Photo Credit: Pictures of the Pallet Vertical Garden were beautifully taken by the amazing Katie Beverley.

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