How To: A DIY Pallet Garden For Apartments With Balconies (Photos)

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All photos by David Minsky
If you are a green thumb in Brickell or somewhere in South Beach, you can rarely get your hands dirty. But if you have a balcony, then you're in luck because you can build a pallet garden.

The pallet garden is simply a wooden pallet from which a garden is made. It fits perfectly on a small balcony. All of the materials are easily found and/or bought with little money. With a little time, tools and some effort, you get a nice morale booster to fight the occasional doldrums of apartment life.

Pallets are found throughout the city: behind shops, grocery stores, alleyways, dumpsters, construction sites, warehouses. Always remember to acquire one legally, but who's really paying attention? Just simply ask for one, chances are the answer will be yes.

Remember to acquire one of these legally.
Other materials are required if you don't have them, they are:

  • A handsaw ($5 at a hardware store)
  • One big flat-head screwdriver
  • A hammer
  • A measuring tape or ruler
  • Two dozen nails
  • A few rolls of gauze or 4 pairs of pantyhose
  • One bag of potting soil ($5 at Walmart or elsewhere)
  • Some potted herbs (basil, oregano, dill, marjoram, spearmint: ~$30)

Location Info


One Brickell Square

801 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

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Smart idea, but not carefully thought out. Pallets are made out of chemically treated lumber. I wouldn't want to eat anything grown naked around that. Maybe putting a non leaching/not easily permeated container, inside the pallet, to hold the soil would be a lot safer


Great job David - I'm going to try that to spruce up the outside of my place!

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