How to build a ver­ti­cal gar­den at home

Central Queensland News - - REAL ESTATE - Just BYO H2O and you’re away Dean Ipaviz

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.

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