A garden on wheels is beneficial throughout the growing season.  In spring, keep the garden in direct sunlight so the plants get a healthy start. Then in summer when it is too hot, roll the garden to a less scorching spot.

Step 1


Determine Wheel Placement

Measure the bottom of the pallet. Mark equal distances in four corners for the caster placement.

Step 2


Attach Wheels

Use decking (galvanized) screws to fasten the casters onto the pallet.  It’s best to use wheels that turn in every direction.

Step 3


Paint Pallet

Paint the top of the pallet with eco-friendly, exterior paint and that can withstand water seeping through the landscape fabric and soil.

Step 4


Cut Side Pieces

Cut the plywood to create sides for the pallet, make sure they fit on the edges of the pallet.  

Step 5

Attach Sides

Use pieces of 2x4 in each corner to secure the sides to each other.  When all four sides are attached to one another, attach it to the pallet by toe-nailing the 2x4 corners. Flip over the whole thing, and insert a few screws through the bottom of the pallet into the 2x4s.

Step 6


Add Decorative Sides

For a finished look, add recycled plastic shutters to the sides. Use decking screws to attach the shutters. Paint top edge of wood sides to match the shutters.

Step 7

Prep For Planting

Staple landscape fabric to the inside of the pallet box.  Add a layer of small drainage stones on top of the fabric.

Step 8

Layer Stones and Soil

Cut another piece of landscape fabric and lay it over the stones.  Add one more layer of stones, then top with compost and soil mixture.