Last night after I watered the pallet garden I snapped a few pictures so you could see how it’s coming along. To be honest, I think I get more bang for my buck with the pallet garden in the spring and fall.
Using the pallets to grow cool weather crops like lettuce is not only a space saver but it looks better too. And you know when your’e a gardener living in suburbia, you gotta have that cool factor. 😉
I’m not sure what happened, but the strawberries are growing like crazy all the sudden.
This is just one strawberry plant and as you can see it’s loaded.
I ended up picking a little more than a half quart of juicy berries. They may not look as good as the ones they sell in the grocery stores, but let me tell you Bob, they taste a heck of a lot sweeter.
After a little pruning, the celery is starting to come back to life. This won’t be picked until fall anyway so it still has plenty of time to grow.
And the Swiss chard I transplanted from the greenhouse last month is looking good as well.
And last but not least, the green beans! I should be picking them by this time next week!
Yee-Haw, backyard gardening is cool.
How about YOU? Have you ever tried growing anything in a wood pallet before?
Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.
Got slugs in my strawberries…. any idea how to keep the buggars from eating them all before I get to them?
Some of my gardening friends have given me several way to get rid of slugs. Sprinkle coffee grounds around the plants. They don’t like crawling over them. Set jar lids of beer around they are attracted to it, drink it and die. And put a glass jar of corn meal on it’s side among the plants. They eat it and dry out and die. I used the coffee grounds and they seemed to do the trick. Oh yeah and one friend told me to collect them and cook them in wine but he is a French teacher who has been to France so I’ll forgive him for that. Escargot! LOL!
I grow up strawberries in a topsy turvy. No bugs got to them!
Take egg shells and brake them and sprinkle around, no more….
This is my first year growing celery. How do you know when to harvest it? I see that you are pruning it, how/when are you supposed to do that?
Hi Mavis, what a great idea! I am looking to grow lettuces and herbs in a pallet on a roof and am concerned about the weight — do you have an estimate as to how much one of your pallets, fully planted with greens, weighs?
Mavis Butterfield says
I don’t but it is heavy and I’m not sure I would put it on a rooftop. Maybe if you cut the pallet in half so there wasn’t too much weight in one area it would be okay.
Hi Mavis! Your blog is so inspiring and I’m looking forward to doing pallet gardens this year! I’m 100% beginner when it comes to gardening but I am very excited to learn. My daughter Allison is almost 3 and she is a fanatic for any and all veggies and berries and I thought picking our own produce in the backyard would be a blast (and so much tastier than supermarket produce!)!
I found a place just blocks from my house that is a pallet distributer that will sell me gently used, heat treated pallets for $6 each! I just want to know what I could actually plant in them. I have a wish list of things I want to grow– cucumbers, pickles, mini sweet peppers, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, snow peas, strawberries (a ton! Alli’s favorite!), zucchini, and romaine lettuce. Oh, and these italian torpedo red onions that look interesting. I may be going a little overboard for my first attempt but I’m getting so into it!
So, in regards to pallets, I know from your site that strawberries and romaine grow great. What else from my list should I put in a pallet? I know some things need more space, some things have roots that are too long, etc. I’m trying to figure it all out and could use some info!
Thank you so much! I’ve really enjoyed your site!
PS– how many strawberry plants can you put in one pallet? The site I’m going to buy from sell them in lots of 25 for $5. I was going to get 50, will that fill up a pallet?
Mavis Butterfield says
I think I have about 25 strawberry plants in each pallet. Beans, peas, chard all grow well in pallets. 🙂
Hi Mavis, all of your pallets are still horizontal in your pictures. Were you ever able to stand them vertically? If so how did you attach to a fence?