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May 30, 2012

Flowers, Flamingos and a Pinterest-Inspired Vertical Pallet Garden

By RetroRuth

Whoa. Put your hand up if you gardened this weekend!

Tom and I were busy in our enormous, enormous yard. Seriously, it’s huge.


This is only a small part of it. Thankfully, the bed in the far, far back on the left belongs to our neighbors. Otherwise, I might still be out there digging in the dirt.

We spent hours weeding and spreading mulch. Pulling out old plants and planting new ones in our three huge flower beds. My back hurts, my knees have perma-dirt on them, and I am covered with bug bites.

So when Tom brought up the idea of a vegetable garden, I almost fainted.


“I can’t spend anymore time in the sun. I hate weeding.”

“I’ve got it covered. Come on.”


“You can plant herbs in it.”


“I’ll buy you a new hat…”


Thankfully, Tom didn’t have anything huge in mind. Recently we saw a planter that was made out of an old wooden pallet on Pinterest. Since we had a few laying around in our garage from when our sofa was delivered, we thought this good way to use up one of those up.  Which is a bonus.

Other pallet garden bonuses:

~Not having to buy lots of supplies (boards, fencing, dirt).

~ Not having to dig up our grass.

~ No fencing. We have some very hungry and very pesky rabbits in our yard that like to eat pretty much all veggies. By putting them up higher, we won’t need a bunch of metal fencing, which we aren’t crazy about.

~No weeding!


It ended up working out great. We pretty much followed the instructions, except instead of planting a ton of plants close together, we covered the front with landscape fabric too and just made cuts big enough to get our plants planted in it. All in all, we spent $18 (without the cost of the plants) on this and it took us about two hours to get it all together. It has only been up for a few days, but overall the plants seem to be doing really well. I will give you guys updates over this summer and let you know if it is a flop or a success!


So far, Tom is happy.

Well, not about me taking this picture. Just about the garden.

Oh, and just a quick word about pallets. Some pallets are made with treated outdoor wood, and if it concerns you to have your veggies in contact with chemicals don’t use a treated pallet!

And, since I can’t leave you without a little retro touch, here is one of our new yard flamingos:



Hope you all had productive weekends as well!

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8 Responses to Flowers, Flamingos and a Pinterest-Inspired Vertical Pallet Garden

  1. renee Reply

    May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    great yard! funny, i was just shopping for a flamingo this weekend.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      May 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks, renee! It is tons of work, but it is so nice when it is fixed up.

      Yes, a flamingo is a must!

  2. Dawn Reply

    May 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    You can never have too many pink lawn flamingos! Never! 😀

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Using the pallets as a planter is a really great idea, I might just have to try that one day down the road! The flamingo is my favorite though! 🙂

  4. Andrea Reply

    May 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Hehe, I have an identical flamingo! I don’t blame you guys for wanting to avoid digging up grass. We dug up a lot when we put in our vegetable garden a fe years ago, and uggghh! What a chore! I got my veggie garden in this weekend, as well as a few annuals.

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  6. Beverly Reply

    May 31, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Wish I could visit your garden

  7. RetroRuth Reply

    April 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Update for anyone who is interested: The pallet garden worked really well! I forgot to snap a pic of it at the end of the season, but we ended up with tons of herbs and hot peppers. Success!

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