DIY: Pallet Garden

As horse owners we always seem to collect pallets right? Like when we get a squeeze of hay, or large quantities of grain. So why not bring some fresh food to your table, a little recycling and some reusing into your backyard or barn.

We have a pallet garden at the Ranch. We love taking our kids and grandkids and teaching them how to plant, water and tell when a vegetable or fruit is ready for picking. This DIY Pallet Garden is easy to create, has easy upkeep and with the right amount of pallets you can have a large garden area with walkways and pre-made sections.


DIY: Pallet Garden Tutorial





Landscape Fabric

Staple Gun

Easy so far right? Right.

The next step is to create a leveled area where you want your garden to be, and remove all weeds or grass. After we leveled the ground we wanted to keep the soil into the pallet cause of course it has slats where the dirt and seeds can be lost.

Now lets talk about the quantity of pallets before I continue. For’s garden we used 4 pallets for each garden bed. So by the end we created 9 garden beds that required 36 pallets. But don’t worry you can use one pallet for each garden bed or two whatever you prefer and your plants will grow just the same.

Next we used Landscape Fabric and laid it out where we wanted to put our pallets. We made sure that we had enough fabric to be stapled with a staple gun to the top of outside of the pallets. This way no weeds could get into the garden beds and no soil and seeds could get out.

(Tip: We have had this garden for two years and because of the sun parts of the Landscape Fabic has deteriorated, so its a good idea to purchase a strong fabric. )

Once everything is laid out its time to staple the landscape fabric to the pallets.

All done? Great! Your a little bit closer to a finished garden!

Now its time to get dirty! Take your soil and spread it evenly throughout all of the pallets, fill it up to the tippy top.

Now get your seeds or pre purchased plants and plant, plant, plant! When we planted out pallet garden we used the spaces between the slats as rows, so we kept a specific type of plant in that row. We love organization and this is our way of keeping the garden clean and neat.

Here are some great plants that we have in our garden:


  • Curly Kale
  • Lacinato Kale (Dino Kale)
  • Tomatos (Several Varieties)
  • Snap Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Asparagus Green Beans (These are very long)
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce (Several Varieties)
  • Squash


  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Italian Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Sage
  • Lavender

Now get out there and enjoy your new garden!



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