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How to Make a Vertical Strawberry Planter out of a Pallet

March 12, 2015

I have a definite obsession with pallets. I have stopped on the side of the road to ask a total stranger if I could take their pallet home with me, kids in the car and all. People who know me very well report to me when they see a pallet in one place or another. They know I love them. Is that crazy? I used one for this project and I have another project with another pallet in the pike. If you google “pallet” you will see more projects with pallets than you could have ever imagined. It’s amazing! My brain starts spinning with all the things that I could do. But this one is pretty easy and very useful.

 

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Stand your pallet up. Putting it together in the place where you will keep it is best because they are very heavy! Once the dirt and plants are in it, you have to keep it in that upright position so nothing spills out. It will definitely be harder to move with the dirt and plants already in it. In finding a place for it, think about how much sun hits that spot. Strawberries need a fair amount of sun.

 

I chose a pallet with these indentions or large vertical notches in the sides of it between the “planter boxes” so that the plants would have room to grow and get the sun they need.

 

Here’s what you will need:

Pallet (mine has indentions or those large notches in it- see in the picture)

heavy duty plastic (I found mine on a roll at Home Depot)

scissors

staple gun

pliers

small hammer

knife or skewer

dirt

strawberry plants (or herbs if you prefer)

Form box edges with the heavy duty plastic.

Form box edges with the heavy duty plastic.

 

Not all pallets are the same size. So, measure your plastic sheeting by how long and deep your space is for each well.  Cut excess and fold the plastic over so you are stapling two layers of plastic instead of one. It will secure the plastic better. You can form the edges to make a box.

 

Use heavy duty plastic and a staple gun to make the planter box inside.

Use heavy duty plastic and a staple gun to make the planter box inside.

 

There may be some areas that is to narrow for the staple gun to get to. When this happens, take one of the staples and push it through the plastic then use the pliers to gently put it into the wood. Use the other side of the wood for leverage to push it in. This part is a pain and it takes a while, but once you get through this you are almost done. Put a staple every 3 inches or so and make sure the ends are stapled well. If a staple is partially sticking out and not all the way in the wood you could lightly tap each side of the staple with the hammer to secure it.

 

If the space is too tight to use the staple gun, use pliers to press the staple into the wood.

If the space is too tight to use the staple gun, use pliers to press the staple into the wood.

 

Once you have all of your plastic secured, you can fill the “planter boxes” with dirt. But before you put the dirt in take a skewer or a knife and poke small holes in various places along the bottom of each piece of plastic so the water can drain from the dirt.

 

Once the heavy duty plastic is securely stapled, you can fill with dirt.

Once the heavy duty plastic is securely stapled, you can fill with dirt.

 

Add the dirt to the “planter boxes” and then plant your strawberries or herbs leaving a little space between each one.

 

Plant your strawberries in the dirt in these "planter boxes."

Plant your strawberries in the dirt in these “planter boxes.”

 

Once filled with dirt, you can plant your strawberry plants or herbs if you prefer.

Once filled with dirt, you can plant your strawberry plants or herbs if you prefer.

 

Soon you’ll have lots of fresh, home grown strawberries! Can’t wait for that!

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