Vertical gardens are very trendy at the moment and they are being installed all over the world in fantastical large buildings. It’s a great idea – cover an ugly vertical wall and make it a feature. If you choose the right plants the wall can produce scent, herbs and veg.
Most of the projects featured in magazines are extremely high tech and rely on expensive hydroponic systems. But do not be put off – there are ways to do this very cheaply and remarkably easily in your own home. Convert terrace walls into a veg patch, grow herbs on the side of a house where they will be safe from cats, dogs and slugs. You really do not need much space – even a small wall on a city apartment terrace can be turned into a veg patch.
We have trawled the internet (for sites like this one) to find some of the best DIY ways to create vertical gardens. We have used other peoples images but credited every source website – so if you want to read more just follow the links which are highlighted in light blue.
The Gutter Garden
This is such a great idea! Guttering is very cheap and very easy to fix to any wall. You can fix the guttering at a height that is easy to work so anyone with mobility problems can continue to enjoy their garden. Well done Suzanne.
All You Can Eat From 1 Plant!
Source: An article by John Saul based on an interview with Greg Lutovsky in The Seattle Times.
Greg is a commercial potato grower. He explains that potatoes grow above the seed potato so by gradually increasing the height of the soil above the seed you can keep your plant producing potatoes throughout a growing season while you harvest from the bottom of a stack. One small wooden stack can in theory yield 100 pounds (45 kg)!
Shoe Rack Planter
This is another brilliant garden idea. Use cheap shoe racks to start filling up your shed, garden and fence walls with plants. Buy the plastic lined ones to retain the water or line with a plastic bag with a few drain holes or plant pots. You could use cut off plastic bottles or cleaned tin cans as planters and then just slot these into the shoe rack.
A variation on this theme is to use empty tin cans, old shoes, rubber boots, chipped mugs and screw them to a wall or railing. You need to add a drain hole and then just plant up.
Use Plastic Bottles
Source: Urban Organic Gardener.
The Urban Organic Gardener article explains how you can reuse plastic bottles to make planters for window boxes, balconies and kitchen walls. Watch their video to get step by step instructions. DANGER! We do not recommend trying to cut the bottom of the bottle off with a Stanley Knife while its rested on your knee, as the chap in the video demonstrates! Use scissors and a wooden board.
We could write several articles just on different ways to use plastic bottles in your garden. Instead I have collected some good images to inspire you, see below.
Source: Tree Hugger We love this bottle garden from Brazil. Transform waste into an interesting and very cheap garden – grow flowers, herbs, veg or a combination.
Willem Van Cotthem famous bottle vertical garden. This video shows how you can gradually build up your garden as you finish off bottles.
Source: Willem Van Cotthem’s blog on desertification. Apart from this being a very interesting blog he has featured lots of variations on bottle gardens which show in detail how you can best use them. The picture below is just one of many bottle gardens so have a good look through the blog.