Active Adults Choose Pallet Gardens For Patios & Courtyards

The “Farm-To-Table” movement has even transformed asphalt rooftops in urban settings, previously under-used patios, front porches, and more, from coast to coast, and has launched a trend to “re-purpose” or “up-cycle” items such as wooden shipping pallets, plastic or wire milk crates, and more.

How Do I Convert a Pallet?

Staple gardening fabric (the black, porous fabric which is usually placed in garden beds to prevent weeds), to one side of the pallet, then fill the spaces with a quality gardening soil. Most pallets accommodate two bags of soil.

Water the soil and allow it to settle between the spaces, then place seeds or plants directly into the soil between the wooden slats in the front of the pallet and across the open top. Carefully stand the pallet upright near a wall or fence, or place pallets back-to-back to provide support for them to stand alone in the middle of the patio as a focal point.

What Grows in a Shipping Pallet?

Anything that is in season works well in a pallet garden, provided you water it regularly.

On the top level of the pallet, traditional garden vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers thrive, and a frame is easily attached to the top of the pallet to allow the plants to climb as they grow.

Herbs, lettuce, kale, chard, beans, and more do well in the soil between the wooden slats. Garden string is easily attached to the pallet frame to prevent plants from breaking as the fruit adds weight.

Gardeners also have succeeded in growing root vegetables such as carrots, onions, and radishes in the top or near-top level of the pallet garden.


Pallet garden experts warn against sealing the bottom of the pallet, which will prevent water from draining and eventually rot the plants (and the frame). If pallets are placed directly on bare dirt, you don’t need to provide additional drainage; those on concrete or other solid surfaces may need a shallow frame lined with pebbles or gravel to allow water to drain properly.

Windsong’s private courtyards provide the perfect setting to experiment with up-cycled pallet gardens, where the vertical growing space maximizes the number of plants gardeners can cultivate, while minimizing the back-breaking work required from traditional plots.

Entire walls of herbs, climbing vines, and flowering plants can be cultivated, allowing smaller “garden rooms” within the courtyard, that visitors will never guess began life as a wooden pallet!

Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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