A DIY Vertical Garden Project


| 6/21/2018 3:43:00 PM


As cities became more crowded, most of us became "condemned" to live in an apartment which actually weakened our innate relationship with nature. That is why it was necessary to find a creative solution to create a garden space for the individuals having no access whatsoever to the actual garden of their own. It is no wonder why vertical gardens gained popularity in the last couple of years and it is safe to say that they are the hottest green-thumb trend nowadays—a perfect solution for reconnecting with nature. Creating one by yourself might be tricky so here's what you should pay attention to.

hanging potted pink flowers
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Choose a Suitable Vertical Garden

The best part of the vertical garden is that there are many options and types you can choose from. You can opt for a container-style garden or pocket gardens, you can grow plants in a wooden wall planter made of wooden shipping pallets, pretty much whatever pops into your mind, or whatever recyclables you find in your garage.

The container-style vertical garden is a pretty easy option where you attach potted plants to the wall or make a unique combination of various plants displayed in a row or stacked. A pocket garden refers to tucking in plants into pockets made from canvas or felt and hanging them vertically on the wall, which makes it a pretty easy DIY, while a vertical wooden wall planter means getting your hands dirty and doing some harder work. For the vertical wooden planters made of recycled shipping pallets, you will need a wire mesh in order to prevent the soil from spilling or simply purchase a landscaping fabric and staple it to the bottom, sides, and the back of the pallet.

Find the Perfect Spot

A vertical garden can be placed just about anywhere, indoors and outdoors, no matter the size of your apartment. But you should keep in mind the position of the sun during the day and the amount of sun exposure the plants will need and get in certain spots around your home. Let the sunbeams guide you to the perfect placement for your garden. For example, if you are a cacti lover and want to have a vertical garden completely made of succulent plants you should opt for a half-exposed spot; avoid full shade or full sun. And keep in mind that you should plant your succulents in either modular containers or detachable vertical pockets so that you can bring them indoors for the winter.



Safety Comes First

It is advised that before taking on any DIY project to make sure you have the necessary tools as well as the equipment it is important to invest in quality equipment to protect yourself from the mishaps that can happen. You will need quality safety glasses, work gloves, and some good old Australian work boots to ensure that your toes are safe  before starting the project and working with various wood cutting machines for your project.