Pallet Herb Garden Part 1

Pallet Herb Garden

Fresh herbs. There are just no substitutes for fresh herbs.  We have a fairly large vegetable garden and have recently planted a few fruit trees and grapes. But herbs… they are so useful and take such a small space to grow.  Even when we were living in homes with no space for a garden, we still did herbs.  We just used creative ways to grow them, such as this pallet herb garden.

We just so happened to have a collection of pallets started.  I asked hubby to help with this project because I was working on another project that weekend, which just happened to be starting this very blog you are reading.  Today I will share with you how he built the pallet her planters, later I will post Part 2 of this project and share with you how I transferred the letters on the wood to label the planters.


Several pallets that are not too rotted or broken.

Tool to separate the pallets (we use a reciprocating saw with a metal blade to cut through the nails)

Nails and Hammer (we use our nail gun but this is just convenience)


Weed Barrier Fabric


Herb Seeds/plants

To attach this to the shed wall we also used a few screws/screw gun and scrap 4×4 pressure treated lumber.

Proper safety equipment as advised by your tool manufacturer, such as gloves and safety googles.

Building the Pallet Herb Garden:

In the photos below you will see that hubby took the pallets apart carefully and set the wood aside .  Once he had them fully apart he laid out the design he wanted to make deep planters and nailed them once he was happy with the lay out. Next he cut pieces to fit in the bottoms of those planters and nailed them in place.

Pallet Herb Garden building

Once all the planters were built we used weed barrier fabric, cut to size, inside each of the planters we built.  I did not spend a lot of time making this lay perfectly as it will be hidden by the dirt and I did not need to staple it because it sticks to the wood well (too well). It is important to use though, to keep the dirt from washing out all of the gaps between the boards when you water.


Lastly, hubby attached the pallet herb garden to our shed wall.  He used a few screws into the studs as well as some 4×4 legs to help support the weight. We live in a high wind area so I wanted to be sure these are attached well.  You could also just lean them against a wall or fence but that would not work in our area.  We then filled them with dirt and planted seeds in some and in others I used already established plants (5/$10 sale at Home Depot!).

A few more shots of the finished project.

I used Peppermint plants, Lavender plants, Thai Basil and in the same planter I put some Purple Basil seeds (just starting to sprout).

Building Pallet Herb Garden

In this planter set I did Oregano plants, Dill seeds and Cilantro seeds.  I can’t wait to make pickles and salsa soon!

Pallet Herb Garden How to

Check back next week for “Part 2”-  how I transferred the letters to the wood for the plant labels.  If you add you email to my subscriber list, on the right side –>, you will never miss a post!

Building a Pallet herb garden

What would you like to plant in your own platter herb garden?

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24 thoughts on “Pallet Herb Garden Part 1

    1. Thank you! Check back next week, part 2 will be covering how I transferred the labels onto the wood.

  1. I just love this! I love especially how you titled each herb! So pretty and a different way to use pallets for gardening! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Meagan! I hope you were able to check back to see part 2 on how I did the herb labels.

  2. Seeing people reuse pallets is always so cool! I would definitely have lavender, Rosemary, basil, and cilantro. I’m looking forward to having my own garden soon.

    1. Thank you Jovanhanna, I think those would be great herbs to always have on hand. We really needed the dill as well because we were planning to make pickles this summer.

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