How to Grow a Pallet Board Herb Garden for Your Backyard
You can grow herbs alone or plant flowers near and around them to add a pop of color. Using fresh herbs in your cooking has health benefits, because the herb leaves are only freshly dead right after you cut them. This increases the number of nutrients you will receive from the plant, as well as the taste and smell. Once you find a location for your herb garden, which would be perfect right in your backyard in the sunlight up against your home, you are ready to begin the process of making your herb garden.
You can simply buy a wood pallet board or get one for free from a company that uses them for packing and transport materials. I would suggest you use the following herbs in your garden, as they are most commonly used: basil, cilantro, lavender, parsley, chives, thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary. As you can see in the picture, there are fourteen slots for different types of herbs or plants. You can fill nine of the slots with herbs and the other five with small florals for a pretty look.
Lay out a tarp in your backyard or even living room floor and get your materials ready, such as planting containers that fit in the pallet board slats, soil, water, sand paper, towels, a handheld shovel, scissors, and a pallet board. Carefully wipe down the pallet board with sandpaper to get rid of any debris, splinters, or sharp edges. Use a towel to wipe down the wood after you are finished sanding. Then, you can stain the wood if you want, which would require additional materials, time, and effort found here. Once you have finished staining the wood, if you so desire, then you can insert the small plant containers in between each slat. Depending on the size of the containers you use, you may need to secure them with wood glue and/or nails or screws. Then, you can begin filling the containers with soil. It may be helpful to use soil that helps to keep the plants alive, such as Miracle-Gro. Do not fill them with too much soil, as you have to still place the herbs and plants in little holes in the soil. Once you have placed the plants and herbs in the soil, you are ready to water! Water the plants lightly so there is no flooding. You can add fun tags on the wood to label what each plant/herb is. You can use chalkboard paint on the wood and then use chalk to write on the labels. There are numerous ways you could go about decorating the pallet to label each herb/plant. Then, lean the pallet board up against your house in your backyard.
The next step is to simply maintain the herb garden. Water them daily and make sure they get at least six hours of sunlight each day. The last step is to harvest mature herbs. According to HGTV, “If you remove more than a third of the plant at one time, it takes longer to recover and produce new foliage. To promote branching, keep the tops of the plants pinched back in early summer. With judicious picking, most herbs can be harvested for several months.” With that, you have your herb garden! You can continue to redecorate it as time goes on or switch the plants out for other herbs for a fresher taste in your recipes and a fresher look.