gardening on a balcony

12 May

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I have been searching for gardening ideas for our deck. I found this post via “life on a balcony” and LOVE this idea.

how clever is this idea!!! Using a pallet (that you can find in the back of any store; walmart, target, sams club, etc.)


the pallet you found

2 large bags of potting soil

16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden)

a small roll of landscape fabric

a staple gun and staples

and sand paper


1. Clean up the pallet- sanding any splitery spots, or removing nails that might be sticking out.

2. Lay the pallet face down. Roll the landscape fabric over the back. Cut two identically sized pieces that are long enough to go from the top edge of the back of the pallet and wrap all the way around the bottom, plus a few extra inches.

3. Staple the fabric into place along the top edge of the top board and the bottom edge of the bottom board

4. Pulling the fabric tightly- staple the fabric along the front edge of the bottom and staple it down near the front, bottom edge of both sides.

5. Slide the plants into what will be the top. Plant everything very tightly.  Now that you have capped the top, pour the entire first bag of potting soil on top of the pallet. Push the soil into the pallet between the slats and smooth it out so that the soil is level. Repeat with the second bag of potting soil.

Push potting soil into the bottom cavity, so that there is a trench directly below one of the bottom openings. Plant six plants in the trench, so that they are very tightly fitted into the opening. Repeat with the other bottom opening. Now push the potting soil up against those flowers you just planted, making a trench beneath one of the openings in the second row. Plant your flowers tightly in that opening. Repeat for all the remaining openings.

***You should leave the pallet flat on the ground for a couple of weeks (watering when needed), so that the roots can start to grow in and hold all the plants in place.

LOVE this idea and must try! Thanks Fern Richardson @lifeonthebalcony


3 Responses to “gardening on a balcony”

  1. brandylpeterson May 13, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Al! I love this idea! I was going t get back to you about WP but I saw you figured it out! I love it, hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Love your blogs!
    Xoxo b

  2. alyssonjean11 May 14, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    Thanks Brandy!! I did figure it out..still learning my ways around, but all in all…getting it! xoxo beach weekend soon 🙂

  3. shamtest May 14, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I can’t seem to properly browse this page from my smartphone!!!

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