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Great Space Saving Ideas for DIY Vertical Gardens

Strawberry Pyramid
Strawberry Pyramid

Whether you are an apartment dweller, have a small backyard, or just want to maximize your growing space, vertical gardens are both beautiful and practical.

Vertical gardens began in ancient times when farmers grew food on terraces. While modern vertical gardens don’t use trees to grow food, they use plant racks. These racks are mounted on the wall or ceiling of your house, and allow you to grow plants straight up.

Vertical planters are installed vertically, usually on a wall or a fence in your backyard. This allows you to grow more produce in a small area. There are lots of varieties of vegetables and decorative plants that you can grow in vertical planters.

Recycled Pots Vertical Garden - Washington Lawns

Aside from saving garden space, setting up your own vertical garden is inexpensive. You can save a lot of money by making your own vertical planters out of recycled materials.

If you live in a high-rise apartment and have a balcony, or even just a sunny window, growing your own produce is easier than you think. A homemade DIY vertical planter box is not just an economical way to grow your own food, it can also be a creative way to spice up your balcony or patio space.

Vertical planter boxes can be made from old wine crates, stacked wood, cinder blocks, or other wooden boxes; be creative!

In this album, you’ll find a collection of DIY vertical planters with links to full details and tutorials.

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Vertical Garden Ideas

Pyramid Planter

Pyramid planters are great for balconies, patios, and entrances. You can plant your strawberries in a pyramid planter as it will give you better access when harvesting.

This planter can use a piece of lumber. It is great for growing vegetables because vegetables like to grow vertically. Production is not affected by the weather because the vegetables are inside the basket.

Herb Wall Garden

While it is true that some herbs will thrive in a pot, others need more soil to grow. If you have a large garden or a small space, think of the herbs you need when you start planning the garden.

Some herbs are scrumptious in salads, while other herbs taste great in teas, vinegar, and oils. Growing your own herbs is better because you can control the pesticides and you do not have to worry about any possible cross-contamination if you buy herbs in bottles and jars.

Cinder Block Garden

Using cinder blocks for your vertical garden is also enjoyable. All you need to do is to stack your cinder blocks leaving spaces for pots. You can also paint the cinder blocks to achieve a colorful garden.

Stacked Pots

Creating a vertical planter is as easy as stacking pots together. You can start by stacking large pots at the bottom and smaller pots at the top in order to avoid them from collapsing.

A-Frame Hydroponic System

Another way of creating a vertical garden is by using PVC Pipes, which are popular for hydroponic planting. Some studies state that soil-free planters harvest 3 to 10 times more than those planted in soil.

Self-Watering Vertical Garden

Self-watering planters are low-maintenance planters, you can check on them bi-weekly if you’re too busy to visit your garden often.

Vertical Garden from Recycled Soda Bottles

This is by far the most impressive project someone can ever do. Instead of throwing away your soda bottles, recycle them by stacking them together end to end and cutting holes in the body where you can plant your herbs.

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