Our Spring stories continue this week and this time our friends at boyandgirlco show us how to create a simple vertical garden.
Words by boyandgirlco
A simple vertical garden that takes less than 30 minutes to make. It can be free standing on the ground leaning against a wall or mounted to the wall above ground. It’s really great for herbs and seasonal plants.
- Measuring tape
- Demolition bar or pinch bar
- Drop saw or hand saw
- Hand sander or belt sander
Selecting the pallet:
You can create this vertical garden with pretty much any pallet, but here we’ve chosen a pallet (heat treated of course) that is 1040mm x 1070mm.
1. Flip the pallet so that the front is on the ground and detach the back three middle pieces. After detaching, you should have three pieces that you can now de-nail. Keep the nails as you’ll use them later.
2. Measure the gaps in between the vertical planks. Mark out the measurements on each of the three back pieces you detached.
3. Cut the pieces to size with you saw.
4. Layout each of the cut pieces where you want them to be positioned.
5. Knock the pieces into shape if they’re a bit tight.
6. Use the nails you removed on the six pieces you’ve cut and nail them into place.
7. Once the six planks are secured, then flip it over and use the nail punch on the front side of the pallet and sink the remaining nails so the head doesn’t protrude. Only do this step if you plan on sanding the face of the pallet.
8. Sand the pallet smooth using the sander of your choice.
Optional: If the vertical garden is going to remain outside, you may want to consider using an oil to condition it, or some other protectant of your choice.
Tada! You’ve just built a simple vertical garden.
Read our interview with boyandgirlco to find out more about their story! We love their philosophy of reusing and repurposing, and becoming a locavore!