Learn How to Build a Pallet Succulent GardenBy Mary
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Pallet Garden class at Green Things in Tucson. The plants and the staff are amazing. The class had its challenging moments. Picking from all their beautiful plants was the hardest part.
So here is what you need:
- A pallet-salvaged or constructed. For this class we used a 16″ x 16″ pallet that was very easy to manage. Larger pallets will take a lot more materials and become pretty heavy.
- Plants-here is my collection 🙂
- Coco coir mat. This is available by the roll and/or the foot. You only need about a 2′ square piece for the small pallet. The sheet goods will be shredded to fill the bottom of each level of the pallet.
- Green moss- the type that is often used in tops of pots (not sphagnum moss). It comes in a plastic bag. One medium bag was used for this pallet. Soak it in a large bucket of water before use. It is layered over the coir fiber and the plants are nestled into the moist moss.
- Here is Cathy, our very talented garden designer, demonstrating the packing of the pallet with the shredded coir.
- Here is Cathy and me working on my pallet. I got off to a slow start but finally got the hang of it. When you think you have enough coir matting packed in, add some more. It is the supporting structure between the pallet levels. Thanks Cathy for your help!
AND here is the final product…That is the short and sweet of building a succulent pallet garden. Hopefully these 3″small succulent babies will grow and fill in the spaces. They need very little water and prefer a shady spot. Grow babies, grow!
Here is a video posted on Facebook about the class. It is long but you can get a feels for the technique of building a pallet garden. Thanks to Catalina, a staff member at Green Things alias videographer, there is a nice recap of How to build a pallet garden.
I’m getting ready to hang my new pallet wall garden on my front porch.
Hope you give it a try.
PS: A new art glass collection is being introduced on the Mary Sherwood Art Glass page later this week. The holiday collection is right behind it. Take a look. Comments more than welcome!
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