As promised I finished my weekend project by Tuesday. In fact, I was ahead of schedule and had it finished by Sunday evening just before dinner. Unfortunately, I am getting my Tuesday post up today, so here it goes. My turn-an-old-dirty-broken-up-pallet-into-a-vertical-herb-garden. Phew, long name.
I will tease you with the pots of herbs sitting on the table above. I chose a few standard varieties that I tend to use frequently when I cook and then a few new ones to my kitchen. I felt adventurous being this was a project. So, I went with it.
When selecting a pallet for repurposing, find one that is structurally sound and the size you want for your planned space. Dust it off with a rag and sand down rough edges and nail loose pieces if necessary. I had to nail only one small piece that was splintering off and felt it was needed to keep that particular board looking good. You judge how rustic or clean looking you want it to be and work along those lines.
I also wanted to paint mine a nice weathered rustic red. That did NOT happen. First it was pink! YUCK and a big fat no! Then I used paint from a previous project that was called magnificent red and it should have been called tomato red. Way to red and shiny. Although in the picture below it looks more orange-red than it really was. Too bad it wasn’t really that color or I would have left it alone.
One more trip to the hardware store and I came a bit closer to my desired color. It is bright, but I know reds tend to fade quickly and it will definitely weather being outside. Here is what it ended up looking like after three attempts.
Next, I had ordered these pot hangers since they seemed to be exactly what I would need and could hang just about anywhere. They were one screw in and done! Just as fast as the ads promised! Love when that happens. Don’t you?
Make sure to lay out the hangers while the pallet is flat on the ground before you attach them. You’ll get a visual as to where your plants will go. Take into consideration the height each herb will be at maturity when choosing its placement so you garden won’t be too top heavy in appearance.
Once the pallet was secure, I took my herbs and slipped each one into their designated hanger. I used terra-cotta pots because they hold onto the water longer and each has a hole in the bottom for proper drainage. When you plant in a bottomless pot, it will tend to dry out quickly. The terra-cotta pot helps retain the moisture and being placed right outside my kitchen makes for an easy reminder to water it daily.
A few more pretty herb pictures so you can see them up close. I planted lemon thyme (below) and German thyme. I use a lot of thyme and the citrus flavor of the lemon variety will work well in dressings and many other recipes.
I picked this purple sage (below) becasuse it was pretty. Really, that’s why I chose it. Sage is an herb I also tend to use often and since my mother-in-law already has a ton of it in her rock garden, I went with color for my garden.
Then I couldn’t resist picking up some chocolate mint (below). Yes, that is correct, chocolate mint! It smells as good as you would imagine. I keep picking at the leaves and smelling them! The next step is to figure out how to get them into a cookie or brownie recipe. Got any good chocolate mint recipes????
Also planted were the standard Italian oregano, rosemary, basil and Italian parsley. For more color, along with me wanting to use every bit of the pallet, I planted some yellow Gazania flowers in the base. The bottom section was one of the reasons I chose to use this particular pallet. It was already set up with a perfect spot for planting. I lined it with garden fabric and then placed in trays to catch the overflow of water. I don’t want to rot the deck wood under it.
Drum roll please…….