▷ It’s Time to Upcycle Your Garden: 20 Innovative Ideas
  • Home  / 
  • Remedies
  •  /  It’s Time to Upcycle Your Garden: 20 Innovative Ideas

We earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

It’s Time to Upcycle Your Garden: 20 Innovative Ideas

Written by Joseph Biggs and updated on July 31, 2018
It’s Time to Upcycle Your Garden: 20 Innovative Ideas

For around $7, you can upcycle your garden with a large wooden crate and a pallet into a miniature garden shed. There are so many possibilities for using these seemingly useless materials to complete other projects throughout your garden.

An increasing number of gardeners are more thoughtful of the environment and willing to spend the time using these products for new creations instead of hauling them away to the landfill with our trash and waste.

This process of creating new products or materials of a better quality or environmental value is known as upcycling.

The following are some DIY ideas that you can complete with free pallets most suppliers are more than thankful to get rid of. It’s time to get creative!

Examples of Vertical Pallet Gardens


Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

A stunning vertical garden was created from this hardwood pallet, perfect for any narrow space on a small balcony or terrace. The repeating colors bring the pallet to life.

There are many benefits of vertical gardens, including maximizing your growing space and requiring less room in the area you have to work with.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

By stapling landscaping fabric along the back of this soil and plant filled pallet, we were able to create an incredible planter. The finished results are nothing less than inspiring.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Both vertical and horizontal space has been stretched to the limits here with a fresh patch containing shallow-rooted vegetables and herbs.

Consider purchasing new pallets and going over safety tips when edible plants will be planted within the pallets.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

You can grow a surprisingly large amount of food within a single square pallet garden. Luscious vegetables fill the one we show here.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Create an amazing planter with a plain, simple pallet. A creative mind can come up with endless possibilities.

"Bucket List" Tomatoes

Bucket List Tomatoes


11 Tomatoes

You Gotta Grow

Before You Go!

This tutorial video will demonstrate how to create your own edible flower pallet garden.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Built as a functioning screen, this vertical planter hides a water tank, which was an eyesore. This minimal maintenance pallet garden was a brilliant idea.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Found along the side of the road, this salvaged pallet was painted a bright yellow to add privacy when the homeowners are relaxing on a once-exposed deck. It now serves as a colorful planter box and provides a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the peace. You can create more possibilities by adding a few simple brackets, hooks, garden art, or even tea light candles.

You can bring several different ideas to life with a pallet including adding a colorful paint theme, taking apart the timber for reuse, hanging it on a wall to use as shelving, or simply using one as it is. Here are a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

By using a few pallets along with some simple gardening tools and accessories, this painted feature fence was created. It is less expensive to purchase hardwood pallets rather than timber and fence panels. By adding a finish or sealing paint, you create a longer lifespan for your new fence.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

This convenient and inexpensive greenhouse was created by upcycling two discarded pallets. It makes for a perfect environment if you live in a colder climate during winter months.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

A repurposed pallet was upcycled into this window box. It matches perfectly with the salvaged window frame.

DOUBLE the yield in
HALF the time!

Our favorite gardening pro Tom Bartels is giving away a 70 page ebook & teaching free video workshops on gardening but they're filling up fast,
so sign up now!

Here are a few examples of how to use pallets in order to raise seeds.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

During stage one of this project, the four pallet windows created the perfect place to tuck away square pots containing seeds. Useful in several situations, this portable greenhouse can stack vertically.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

In the second stage, Perspex or glass panes are added to each window of the greenhouse along the top. In some cases, you will need to add pavers to create extra room.

Not inspired yet? Here are some more photos of our pallets in use.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

A pallet and lightweight flowerpots creates this simple vertical garden.

This idea is useful for creating wall art, herb planters, or a privacy screen with a decorative touch.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

You can make compost bays at a low cost by using pallets. You can add hinges can to include a swinging gate.

If you have a garden in a small space, this single compost bin may be ideal for your needs.

The link here will take you to a video tutorial to demonstrate how we made our compost bins.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Even a narrow balcony will no longer stand in the way of you having your own edible garden.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

This useful and much needed potting bench was made with thrown away wooden pallets.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Additional storage and hanging space by adding horizontal timber slats to the back of this potting bench creates a perfect place for hanging small gardening tools.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

If a simpler bench is what you have in mind, this is another low-cost pallet bench that provides helpful storage solutions.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Here we created an alternative to edible pallets with succulents that are resistant to drought and require smaller amounts of water.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

This DIY planter table demonstrates how good a pallet can look with a stained finish and a succulent centerpiece requiring very little maintenance.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Pictured here is a simple, less expensive solution for creating a raised vegetable garden.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

This low-cost raised garden bed used for square foot gardening was created with used pallets. Timber inside of the bed has been protected with a plastic liner, which will preserve the life of the structure.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

An easy pathway is created here, using the individual timbers of a pallet. A simple sealant prolongs the life of timber.

3 Easy Compost Secrets

Our favorite gardening pro Tom Bartels is teaching free courses on composting but they're filling up fast, so sign up now!

Tips You May Need When Upcycling Used Pallets for Your Garden

Safety always comes first. Anytime you intend on growing edibles with a pallet garden, you should exercise due diligence first. Consider using the pallets as support structures rather than planting directly inside of them. You should also put some thought into the option of using eco-friendly preserving treatments. Always use personal protective equipment when you are handling or cutting any timber.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

Seen here, the ISPM-15 mark is now commonly seen on wood packaging that comes from Australia, including pallets. The mark may include additional information.

Instead of using pallets that have been marked chemically or pressure treated, find hardwood pallets that have been heat-treated.

Photo Credit: TheMicroGardener.com

These US Pallet Treatment Stamps will be helpful for identifying good wood to use.

If you live in Australia, you will want to check out the brochure Recycling Wood Pallets and Packaging. This will contain many tips concerning different uses, imported and local pallet chemical treatments, and where wood recycling businesses are located.

In order to avoid any chemical contamination, make sure you are aware of what the pallets were used f