Get In Your Garden! Week #21

Pallet Patio Garden

Week #21 of my Get in Your Garden! guest post series is an ingenious tutorial to make your own patio pallet garden, and the best bit is you can do it for free!

Get in Your Garden! Week #21

This week’s guest post is written by Mainy from My Real Fairy, and is a great step by step tutorial to making your own patio pallet garden. It’s a great way to maximise growing space, and perfect for smaller gardens. I am so impressed with this idea, I might try it myself!

Mainy is a mum of 2 boys who blogs over at myrealfairy.com.  She lives on the south coast of England and loves juggling her busy life as a mum with working and blogging. Gardening is a new love and using what she grows in her recipes will feature even more now…if they grow!

Guide to making a pallet patio garden…for free!

Fancy growing your own fruit and veg? I thought the same and am now managing just that! Here’s how to build your own free pallet patio garden.

Last year I had a new patio and it’s a great area to sit out in as it captures a lot of sun. The boys use our garden to play football and I learnt the hard way that football and plant borders don’t mix well! I actually get upset when I see the ball thud into the plants and race over to see whats happened. The boys then scurry away waiting to see if yet another tomato plant has bitten the dust.

So when the patio was laid I started thinking of ways that I could enjoy growing some fruit and vegetables on the patio.

I wanted a way to use recycled products and make something that really made the most of the small compact space we had.

Here’s a step by step guide to how I made this brilliant pallet patio garden out of mainly recycled bits and bobs, for free!

Our blank canvas!

We put a base down so that the structure wouldnt sit directly on the slabs and cause too much discolouration.

Here is my other half fixing a free pallet that we picked up onto the back of the crate used to deliver the patio slabs in. If you can get hold of more pallets then use them to make a crate. You can find them on free sites or even in skips.

We had some weed suppressor mat in the shed and if you havent got anything like that hanging around then they are easy to pick up very cheaply. I just wanted something lining the inside that would help with keeping the pots contained and not having the water running straight out onto the ground.

Then you are all ready to go and start putting in the pots that you wish to have there. What I found useful was that on the sunny days I can move the pots onto the top of the back pallet and they can make use of the sunshine. When it’s a windy day they can nestle back into the base and be a bit more protected.

You can see by these photos how the plants are coming along. The potatoes are growing well and the carrots on the right hand side in the base are showing nicely. I’ve planted onions next to them as apparently they fend off one of the mites that would eat the carrot tops.

So far so good and we can’t wait to see what grows well and then build on our experiences year after year.

Thank you Mainy, I really love this idea! Using items that would otherwise be thrown away to maximise space to grow your own fruit and vegetables.  I am a big advocate of growing your own, and this is a way everyone can do it!

You can also find Mainy on her blog,  Twitter  and on Pinterest.

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