How to build a vertical garden at home
IF YOU live in a small space you’ll know how tricky it can be to find new areas to play with.
Pair that with an interest in growing your own food and you can be faced with some tricky dilemmas.
However, you can rest easy friends; with a little research and planning, you’ll be growing your own basil and eating it to.
Spend just a few minutes online researching ‘vertical gardens’ and you’ll quickly discover there’s a host of store-bought DIY kits available, which any budding Don Burke can knock together over a long weekend.
You’ll be drinking kale smoothies straight from your own balcony before you know it.
Although I seriously dislike plastic, when you’re talking vertical gardens it really is the quickest way forward.
In most instances, these kits can be purchased, assembled and installed directly to any masonry wall or timber-framed house. Just BYO H2O and you’re away.
If you want to get creative and build your own Garden of Eden, here are a few tips and ideas to inspire your creativity:
Tip 1: Timber and water aren’t the best of mates. If you’re going to build something out of timber, ensure there is sufficient drainage.
Tip 2: You’ll still need your drill and potentially some masonry anchors and screws to fix your garden to the wall.
Don’t forget your tape and level!
Tip 3: Treated pine can be harmful to you and
your plants, so opt for an ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary) alternative if you’re flexible with your budget.
Tip 4: Ensure the location you choose has sufficient natural light.
Tip 5: You may need to apply a waterproof internal coating to some timber options to aid in preventing rot.
This can be picked up from your local hardware supplier.
Steps to create your vertical garden
Step 1: Decide whether you’ll put together an off-the-shelf vertical garden or assemble your own, then ensure you have enough space to work with.
Step 2: Mount the garden to a wall that’s preferably undercover so the elements don’t ruin all your hard work.
If the wall is unpainted or unfinished, you’ll need to rethink where you position the garden.
Step 3: Ensure you have adequate drainage. If it’s a DIY job, you might need to drill some holes in the wall.
Plants love water but they don’t love swimming in it.
Make sure there’s enough water to nourish the plant but not drown it.
Step 4: Don’t forget your soil. Standard potting soil out of the bag will suffice. Step 5: Plant away and water.
Find plants that aren’t going to outgrow your pots or their beds.
Think herbs, chilli and mint.
Vertical gardening is a stunning solution if you’re short on space – and it’s on the rise, too.