Permaculture in Action

Friday, May 9, 2014

Vertical Gardens

Thanks for your comment AfricanAussie on a previous post. You noticed my vertical garden. It is made from a pallet we picked up from our local hardware store's carpark. We picked up a few actually from a large pile left out for scrap.

It was quite a long pallet, used to transport Gyprock, I think. A little too long to go between the verandah posts, so Mark cut the excess off. He also nailed some timber slats under neath each double cross piece, to hold the soil.

We have placed it just outside the kitchen door, and so we have filled it with herbs, and a few flowers. There is parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (I feel a little song coming on) and oregano and chives. We also put in some lettuce and tatsoi, some chamomile, pyrethrum and delphiniums and some strawberries.

It has the added advantage of stopping the grand kids falling off the verandah!

This Saturday we will be running two workshops for Newcastle council. The first will be on composting and worm farms, and the second on container gardening. We have built another smaller pallet garden for the workshop. I'll take some photos of that and the other gardens we have in mind, and post them next week.


  1. Looks great Kate! Why doesn't Maitland Council run these workshops?? Maitland Council is so far behind everyone else in regard to environmental issues, makes me cross!

  2. My sentiments exactly. we have done so many workshops for Newcastle but none for Maitland. Maybe some residents asking for the workshops may work.

  3. Oh thanks for the closer look. It certainly didnt look like a pallet - you have upcycled that very well. Great idea! They say to keep your herbs convenient and I dont think you could get any more convenient than that. Wish I lived close enough to go to your workshops, they sound like fun.

  4. Im doing this on my inner city verandah soon