MINI CHALLENGE TWO (The Pallet Garden Present)

jessicabernadette is talking about growing Carrot, Peas, Herbs from Tasman

Garden in progress

This month, I made a new friend, one of those whom upon meeting you instantly click and know you’re likely to have them in your life for a good long while. 

Discoving my new friend was a big fan of op-shops and upcycling (like me), and was missing having a garden whilst short term renting, I decided to make her a pallet garden she could move to a new house when the time came.

I would be lost without my herb garden, so when it came to planning out the planting of her pallet, I stuffed it full of handy herbs that I use every day:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Oregano

And as her name is Jenny, I couldn’t resist adding a partial quote (that is only sort of related to gardening) from one of my favourite movies – Forrest Gump. 

Me n Jenny was like peas and carrots

So, the middle space was laced with twine, to form a growing trellis for blue shelling peas, and the bottom right hand pocket was sown with rainbow blend carrots. 

I made sure to mix it up with some Yates Water Storage Crystals into the potting mix to help the pallet garden retain water over summer. I also made sure to plant the drought hardier herbs (sage, rosemary and thyme) into the top of the pallet as that will get drier than the bottom.

Jenny’s pallet was made from:

  • a heat treated pallet and reclaimed additional timber and nails
  • lined with heavy duty polythene with holes punched for drainage
  • stained with’rustic oak’ wood stain and
  • filled witha mix of potting mix and hydrated moisture retention crystals