Hello lovelies! Sorry for the delay in a regular post. I was at a very important blogging conference in Baltimore on official business. Oh and I was having way to much fun with Leslie from Puddy’s House, eating my heart out and enjoying cocktail parties. Oops, I mean taking notes and learning new things all for the sole purpose of making a better blog for you 🙂 Anyway, this week I thought I would share with you my vertical garden. Thought up by me and put together by Hubby.
We needed some extra garden/flower space and also wanted to cover the large white empty part on the side of our garage. We ripped out 20 year old who knows what kind of bushes with roots the size of Texas, so needless to say, we were not about to plant any other large bushes there. (Because ripping them out SUCKS!!) So we came up with a simple design that you could hang plastic planters from. I bought all those planters at a yard sale for a ridiculously cheap price and needed SOMETHING to do with them. And so the Vertical Planter on the side of the garage was born! So this is what it looked like when we put the whole thing together.
Here is how we did it.
You will need:
Treated lumber in these lengths:
(2) – 2″ x 4″ @ 82″ long
(3) – 2″ x 2″ @ 96″ long
(1) – 2″ x 4″ @ 64″ long
(8) round plastic planters in a medium size.
(2) Long shallow depth rectangular planters for the bottom row
Steel wire to attach the planters to the wood:
Roll of 16 gauge steel wire
Jigsaw and Chop saw/hand saw (or get it cut for free at Home Depot or Lowes)
Drill with a 1/4″ drill bit
(4) 2″ drywall screws
Here is a visual
We cut our wood to those specific sizes ( you can of course make it to your desired lengths and widths). Then to get the wood pieces to fit together, we drilled holes with the 1/4 ” bit into each 2″ x 4″ (82″) , 6″ from the top, 36″ from the top and then 16″ from the bottom. You drill a hole big enough for a jigsaw to fit in. Then use the jigsaw to make a square hole for the horizontal 2″ x 2″ (96″ long). Then you can slip the 3 horizontal 2″ x 2″ (96″ long) into those holes to make the grid. (I am sure there is an easier way to get the holes in the wood but this technique worked just fine for us)
Once the grid is put together you can attach the 2″ x 4″ (64″long) to the top simply by screwing the grid onto the 2 x 4 with 4 drywall screws (2 on each side). This piece keeps the whole grid solid and also gives the top of the grid something steady to rest on against the garage. Now you are ready to attach the planters to the wood. We poked holes in the plastic planters with a drill, fed the 16 gauge wire through it and then twisted it around the wood until it was super tight. Once you have your soil in the pot and water the plants, it can get pretty heavy. That’s why we used 16 gauge wire.
Now you are ready to plant. I lined the bottom of the pots with and old men’s button down work shirt to keep the soil from dipping out of the bottom hole. I chose a lightweight shirt because it’s light, lets water come through the bottom and it’s FREE!
I planted flowers and herbs that will trail down over the planters in the round pots (I planted mint, sweet potato vine and a variety of flowers. I planted lettuce in the bottom row. (NOTE: you will need to water these a lot in the dead of summer because the soil in the pots dries out fast).
In about a month the plants will be flowing over the pots and will be plentiful! My lettuce is currently ready to eat and I will probably replace it will nasturtiums (a peppery edible flower that’s amazing!) What would you plant?
We get so many compliments on this vertical planter and we have neighbors stopping by quite often to take a look at “that cool thing on the side of the house”. When they find out that WE made it, they love it even more. Next time you think you don’t have enough room for a garden try a vertical garden. It not only saves space but it looks beautiful.
P.S- Always helps to have a good helper in the garden, even if they try to wear the supplies 😉
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