If you’re short on space in your backyard, patio or balcony, but yearn to have more greenery and colorful foliage, build a vertical garden. Not only are they space-saving, but they are versatile in that you can move them wherever you want to allow the plants to get as much sunlight as needed. You can even mount them to a wall to create a “living wall” effect.
A vertical garden adds color and greenery while saving space. (Matthew Ashman)
- Sandpaper (medium grit)
- Paint tray
- Paint tray liners, 2
- 1 quart exterior paint primer
- 1 quart exterior water-based paint
- 3-inch paint roller
- 3-inch semi-smooth paint roller covers with 3/8-inch nap, 2
- Polypropylene landscape fabric, 1 roll
- Staple gun
- Potting soil
- L-brackets (optional)
Note: When obtaining a pallet, make sure to read the label and check for the symbol HT, which means it was heat-treated and safe for gardening use. Do not use pallets that are labeled MB, which means it was treated with methyl bromide and is potentially toxic.
Gather the supplies. (Matthew Ashman)
Apply the primer. (Matthew Ashman)
Paint the pallet. (Matthew Ashman)
For example: Let’s say you have a length of 6 inches, a width of 10 inches and a depth of 4 inches. You would double the length to get 12 inches, double the width to get 20 inches and double the depth to get 8 inches. You would then add the length and depth to get 20 inches and add the width and depth to get 28 inches. Then, you’d cut your fabric to be 20 inches by 28 inches. In this project, there are six baskets, so six 20-by-28-inch fabric pieces were cut.
Measure how much polypropylene fabric to cut. (Matthew Ashman)