I recently found myself itching for a DIY project at the same time that my potted herbs on the patio were asking for a new home. *Challenge Accepted*. I found an interesting idea for a DIY vertical herb planter using an old pallet and it was a match made in heaven.
Here’s how you do it, step-by-step.
- Get hold of an old pallet or two. Remove three slats from a pallet and nail them to the bottom of what will be each planter level as below. A man was used in this step, but it wasn’t necessary 😉
2. Be sure to leave a gap at the back of each planter level for drainage. I also lined each planter level with plastic with holes in and some small stones for drainage. The water will drip down onto each level if necessary. Remember to also elevate the planter so that it doesn’t sit in any excess water and that can drain too.
3. Sand the pallet to get rid of any knarly lumps and bumps and to get a smooth (ish) surface for painting. Don’t bother with anything other than an electric sander, it’s not worth it!
4. Apply wood primer to the entire surface that you intend to paint. This will help the paint apply better and provides an extra layer of protection for the wood. Leave for about a day to dry.
5. Choose your final paint colour and apply. Check for any pink bits sticking out that you may have missed. Leave for another day to dry.
6. For an extra bit of quirk I painted the front of each planter level with chalkboard paint, not because I can’t tell which plants are which, but because it’s fun for writing messages 😉
7. Plant your little herb babies and enjoy your new DIY vertical herb planter!