DIY — Herb garden based on pallet

We decided to build a herb garden for the house. Living in South Africa you can pretty much plant outside anytime.

The idea started when I found a blue pallet. It needed some fixing (I put new boards in place):

Next up, let’s see what boards we can find at the local Builders Warehouse in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Found some beautiful pine boards and also bought varnish, nails, screws and metal brackets.

Applied two layers of varnish.

Measured, and built a frame using metal brackets. Also varnished the wood again after fitting.

Another angle.

Now it was time to mount it on the pallet — being the foundation of the herb garden.

Found two of these cheap plastic sheets for about R52 each.

They can also be shaped into just about anything so might use them for something in the future.

We also made sure that there were sufficient drainage holes.

Ok let’s put it in the garden where it belongs:

Add some dirt and compost. Mix well with water.

Prepare seedlings.

Yeah, it takes long enough to build the herb box — might as well get an initial guaranteed-to-succeed batch. :-)

Final result! After 2 weeks we’re still really happy with it. Now we just gotta find another one of those pallets.

We’re currently growing:

  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Jalapeño chili
  • Habanero chili
  • Chocolate mint
  • Lemon grass
  • Wild rocket (ruccula)
  • Carrots

More to come!