I’ve had an old palette on my deck for over a year. One that I made my husband pull off the side of the roadside to get because I HAD to have it. I had grand visions of taking it apart and putting it back together again then distress for a super cool photo background. Ehem. Clearly that never happened. And I’m okay with that because we turned it into something even better.
What did happen? Pinterest. It gets me every single time. It makes me think I’m Martha Stewart. Tricks me into thinking I’m way craftier than I am. Sigh. I was spending my usual 6 hours a day on Pinterest (I kid. Maybe not. Darn you Pinterest) when I came across a few nifty palette flower and or herb gardens.
It’s like it was talking to me. Yoo hoo Paula you have a palette sitting right on your deck. You’re so making this. Don’t even try to fight it. Not to mention you have everything you need. So yeah, we made it.
Here’s what we used:
What to Do
STEP 1: Turn palette on it’s back.
STEP 2: Trim landscape fabric. You’ll need enough so that you have a double layer that covers the back of the palette with a slight overhang. Note: it’s best to cut more than you think you’ll need. You can always trim it at the end. If you don’t have enough well then you have to start over.
STEP 3: Using a staple gun (and a lot of muscle) fold landscape fabric (remember it should be doubled) so that it covers the back and sides of palette. Staple along the sides and in the middle where there are slats to the palette. You will need A LOT of staples and an extra set of hands is optimal. Okay I’m not super coordinated so I HAD to have an extra set of hands. You might not.
STEP 4: Fill the places on the palette where you wish to plant your herbs with potting soil.
STEP 5: Place your herbs in desired location. I planted chives on top, purple basil in the 2nd tier and sweet basil on the bottom tier. Clearly we eat a lot of basil.
And voila! Now I have a pretty and practical herb garden container that re-used and recycled something that was just sitting on my deck. It’s a win win. Not to mention those pesky deer won’t be able to get to it (unless they climb stairs and then I’m in trouble.)
Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored by Miracle-Gro. I just happen to love the product.