6 Creative Ways To Approach Vertical Gardening

A vertical garden can be a fun DIY project that can green up a sad space like a blank wall or a bare fence. But vertical gardens are not meant just for small outdoor spaces; they also provide fresh air, shade and privacy, while growing edibles, annuals, and perennials in a tiny footprint.
Here’s 6 Creative Ways To Approach Vertical Gardening.

1. Standalone wall

You can build your vertical garden either on an exterior house wall, or as a standalone wall. You will need a cedar frame and hex wire netting, a couple dozen terra cotta pots, potting soil, and small plants. Though they may be more difficult to water, the small terra-cotta pots provide plenty of growing space, but you can also leave some of the pots empty to create a more surprising vertical garden. Before building your garden wall, though, check with your utility company for any wires or pipes buried underground.

standalone wall vertical gardening

standalone wall vertical gardening

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2. Minimalist vertical containers

Wood containers are great for growing a beautiful vertical garden, especially since they can be easily customized according to the space you have, and don’t require a special type of surface; a solid wall or fence is all it takes to stack and attach the cedar boxes. Wood containers ensure a clean, minimalist look and are perfect for growing herbs, flowers and vegetables.

3. Ladder

A ladder can easily be turned into a vertical garden by stacking multicolored pots of various sizes on its rungs. Consider adding a hanging planter to bring more variety.

ladder gardening

ladder gardening

4. Leaning bookshelf

An old bookshelf leaning against your house wall is another creative vertical garden idea; alternatively, you can DIY from cedar boards mounted to wooden sides.

5. Old dresser

If you have an old dresser, consider giving it a new lease of life, rather than throwing it out. Place the dresser outside, close to your patio or in a back yard, and fill all drawers with soil. If you would like to get a beautiful cascading effect, simply pull out the drawers to various degrees.

old dresser vertical gardening

old dresser vertical gardening

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6. Recycled plastic bottles

Take several empty 2-liter plastic soda bottles and clean them; you can find detailed instructions online. Remember to make a small hole in the bottom of the bottle to allow water to drain, and if you are worried the bottles will slip on the rope, tie a large knot, either in the rope or around a washer. Then, pack the bottles with soil and seedlings, and hang them from a clothesline.

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