How To Make An Upcycled Pallet Garden

Janie Pendleton shows us how to make an upcycled pallet garden in this video.  It’s a great reuse for a pallet and as this is a vertical planter it gives you extra growing space – ideal for the urban gardener!

That said, please be careful about the pallet that you use for this project.  Pallets are typically either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature to seal the wood) or treated with methyl bromide – a toxic pesticide linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion.

Look for pallets that have the IPPC seal and an “HT” stamp,which means it was heat-treated rather than sealed with chemical pesticides.  Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide.

Also, try and source pallets that were not used to ship food, chemicals or other materials that may have contaminated the wood.


If you are limited in soil then you could staple the lining to the inner sections, to create pockets for the soil, rather than filling the whole pallet.  The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled pallet garden are shown below.

  • Old pallet
  • Landscape fabric / weed control fabric
  • 1/4″ staples
  • Nails (optional – only required to repair any split or broken pieces of the pallet)
  • Drill
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Hammer (optional – only required when repairing split or broken pieces of the pallet)
Did you know?

Following the 2010 recall of E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce, the National Consumers League conducted exploratory tests on pallets to see if they could be potential carriers of harmful bacteria.  Ten percent of the pallets tested had E. coli present, while 2.9 percent tested positive for Listeria – a highly aggressive food borne pathogen.

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Let us know if you have any additional safety advice relating to pallet usage.

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