How To Build Your Own Vertical Garden

How To Build Your Own Vertical Garden

A vertical garden is a unique way to grow plants on a wall or other vertical surface. Vertical gardens allow you to maximize space and grow plants in urban areas or small spaces. Building your own vertical garden is a fun weekend project that will add natural beauty to your home.

Choose a Location
When choosing a location for your vertical garden, consider the light exposure. Most plants will need at least 6 hours of sun per day. Also make sure your vertical structure will securely attach to the wall or fence. Ideal locations include exterior walls, fences, posts, or tall planters.

Build the Vertical Frame
Construct a frame to support the weight of the garden. Use wood, metal, plastic or recycled objects. Make sure to build a frame to fit your space. Consider materials that will withstand weather and corrosion. Secure the frame firmly to the wall through bolts, brackets or cables so it will not fall.

Add Backing Material
Line your vertical garden frame with a backing material that will block soil from falling out while allowing excess moisture to drain. Plastic sheets, landscape fabric, burlap and felt all work well. Make sure the backing overlaps the edges secured to the frame.

Include Watering System
Incorporate plastic water tubes, pouches, bottles or a drip irrigation system so you can easily water your vertical garden. Consider adding an automatic irrigation controller. This will keep your plants hydrated with less daily effort.

Prepare the Soil
Use good quality soil mix that will retain moisture but still drain well - we sell an excellent range suitable for specific plants and you can find them here. Mix in compost or fertilizer to provide nutrients for plants. Place soil in breathable fabric grow bags attached to the backing or simply place behind your backing material if it will hold soil.

Select Plants
Choose the right plants for vertical gardens that grow well in your climate and lighting conditions. Consider growing leafy greens, succulents, flowering plants, vining plants and herbs. Make sure to plant vegetation that will thrive in the width of your garden space.

Plant and Enjoy
Set plants in place behind your vertical garden backing and watch them grow! Fertilise plants as needed. Trim back vegetation that gets excessively long. Enjoy watching your vertical garden transform blank spaces into beautiful displays that attract pollinators.

Conclusion
Creating your own vertical garden is a satisfying way to grow plants even if you only have a small amount of space. Follow these steps to set up a unique garden that makes use of vertical room. Soon you will have lovely plants growing on walls and structures outside or inside your home.