Updated: Jun 10, 2022
Summer is in full swing! Bring on the popsicles, flip flops, gardening, and beach trips. With summer comes better weather and more time to start or finish those projects you have been itching to get to all year. Now is the time! Monica and I have been diving into super fun DIY projects as the summer heats up, and we want to share a few with you guys!
There is nothing more satisfying than designing or crafting something yourself, and today’s DIY is both innovative and practical: a vertical garden.
Why this DIY?
This project is an inexpensive space saver! Not to mention it’s functional and convenient for watering lots of plants at the same time. If you check out the materials list below, you will see you most likely already own many of the materials on hand. What’s more, you can fit TONS of plants into one vertical garden! More plants AND more space? What’s not to love!
How did I start…
This project took me around an hour from start to finish, so make sure you have about that much time planned out to get rocking and rolling with your vertical garden. From there, you get to decide what you would like your base to be. I went with a pallet, but you could use a mounted wall planter or a metal gate or fence. The options are endless! So, grab a base, and let’s get started! The materials list and the steps to creating your dreamy vertical garden are below.
Vertical Garden (Pallet Base)
Wood pallet Landscape fabric Scissors Staple gun/staples Soil Plants (suggested: herbs, succulents, vegetables) Water source Saw (depending on size of pallet) Safety googles
Step #1: Take off some of your base’s height with a handsaw. I used a pallet, so I had to take a good bit of the pallet off in order for my base to be the right height for my space. You may not need to do this if your base is already your desired height.
Step #2: Use landscape fabric and a staple gun to create pockets by leaving some slack between the sections of the pallet. This will create a pouch, and these pouches will be used to hold the plants.
Step #3: Fill the pockets in with dirt (I used a dustpan.) Some of my pockets were pretty deep, so I used a dustpan to pick up a large amount of dirt. If your pockets are shallower, you could probably just use a trowel.
Step #4: Install the plant material (herbs, vegetables, succulents). I placed my vegetables in the deeper pockets and my succulents in the more shallow pockets. Play around with different plant arrangements. Remember, this DIY is FUN! You can’t go wrong.
Step #5: Water the plants and put the vertical garden in a place with an appropriate combination of sun and shade. You don’t want your plants to get too much sun or not enough!
After step #5, your vertical garden is ready to go!
Update (2 weeks later)
Everything is filling in, and my plants are growing nicely! My vertical garden gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon, protecting my plants from the scorching afternoon sun.
Wishing you all the summer and plant vibes,