Well…all I can say is…finally, look what was finally finished. I had some help for it from my family. I can’t take all the credit. I told them this is what I wanted for my Mother’s Day gift. So a couple days before Mother’s Day we all worked together finishing the pallet garden I had envisioned from months earlier. It’s been sitting out in my garden for awhile now.
These garden pallet pieces have been trending for years now. They are so handy to grow little gardens in, especially if you don’t have a lot of yard space and live in cities.
I found my pallet on the side of the road during a trash pick up day. I have no shame in scraping as my father used to call it. We’re scrappers, he would say as he hauled in something strange looking to store in our back yard.
These wooden pallets get tossed a lot here in our city. You can also buy them I believe from some of the larger home repair shops. I don’t know how much they cost though and the way everything is going up, what something cost today, may cost more a week from now. So….if you see one of these being thrown away, best to get it and store it until you have time to fix it up.
First what we did with ours was stain and polyurethane the whole pallet. Then I painted the sections I was going to add dirt and plants to. This was extra protection for all the watering I would have to do once the garden was in it.
I let that dry for a couple of days and then I took one of my white coloring pencils and drew in the design I wanted to paint. I used a very tiny fine paint brush to paint over the design I penciled in and painted the flowers a combination of pinks and lavender mixes.
My daughter is learning Calligraphy and she wrote in mom’s garden using one of her paint pens.
My husband and son added some wood pieces to the bottoms of the pockets so I could add dirt to those sections. They just screwed in extra wood pallet pieces we had on hand. I painted them the same color of paint as the inside areas where the garden was going to be planted. I picked up the paint for $2 on a sale rack. Always check those paint sell sections where there are wrong mixes of paint. You can save so much money that way.
I also added some lining to my garden sections. I went shopping for that weird coconut fiber stuff that gardens used to sell all the time but it is no longer available. I don’t know what they call it but I will say this…it was very upsetting to see another item I got spoiled knowing was always available, to not being available anymore.
I went searching for an employee to ask where they were keeping that weird fiber/coconut shredded plant lining thing at. Yeah, I asked that way…but politely of course. I really don’t know what it’s called. I got a little bit of a laugh and then the older man looked a little sad when he said…
“ We are no longer going to carry that”
I gave him one of my stares of shock thinking to myself….ever? I think I may have said that part out loud because he answered back.
“ No, never…sorry.”
Well that was weird. I’m telling you…somethings going on. It’s almost like they don’t want people to garden anymore.
Went home and found something in my supplies of too many items I have stored for those rainy day moments and found something I could use in it’s replacement. Seems those rainy days are now upon us. I used some old shade clothes (not fabric but a thick polyester type material, very strong) that I had bought on sale years ago from a local business here in Arizona that is still up and running. They Supply all kinds of shade material and farming materials for people locally.
Here is the finished product. The colors really stand out against our white brick wall in the back yard.
I added flowers to it for now. I picked some low water flowers so I hope they last through the summer months here in Arizona, only time will tell. I fear this summer will be a really hot one.
I have one more step to do before it’s completely finished. I need to paint another coat of polyurethane over the painted designs.
I have been trying to get outside garden projects done before the heat gets too intense here in Arizona. Now we have this corner to tackle. Too many inside projects to finish inside first. Today I have to teach my grown kids (in their early 20’s) how to make their great aunt’s Italian pasta. We will be doing a lot of canning this week. This corner will have to wait.
Hope you all find a pallet to turn into what ever your heart desires. This was really fun to put together. Always more fun when it’s a family project. Happy DIYing everyone.