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How to Make a DIY Vertical Garden in 6 Simple Steps

Posted by: Erika Green on August 17, 2020

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Thinking about a new and creative way to update your indoor or outdoor spaces this season? It may be time to give the vertical gardening trend a try. A vertical garden allows you to grow upwards instead of outwards to make the most out of limited space.

Vertical gardens are ideal for maximizing small spaces, especially in city environments or if you’re just trying to cover up an unattractive wall or vertical space. These gardens also work well indoors if you’re looking for something different and visually appealing.

If you’ve got the potting soil, planters and seeds – but are lacking space – you can build a DIY vertical garden in an afternoon.

What You’ll Need to Build a Vertical Garden

The Home Depot Rental is your one-stop shop to rent what you need for this project. In addition to lumber, screws and sealant, stop by our rental center to rent these essential tools:

Six Steps to Build Your Vertical Garden

Step 1: Build the Frame

The frame of your vertical garden should consist of two, 2x8x16 boards. These boards will make up the side frames and the middle brace for added support. With your miter saw rental, cut the boards to 6 foot, 10 inches long. Before assembling, take the extra step to coat the cut edges with a sealant to prevent mildew or mold from growing.

Step 2: Assemble the Vertical Garden Frame

On the ground, assemble the cut boards into a box shape. Arrange the side boards to sit inside the top and bottom boards. This is where your power drill rental will come in handy. Drive 3 screws into the ends of the frame connecting the boards. Once secure, measure the frame to be sure it’s square and level.

Step 3: Add Braces to Support the Frame 

Since you’re growing up instead of out, the DIY vertical garden frame will need a bit of support to stay strong after you’ve hung and secured garden plants. So, measure and cut another board to act as a support for the frame. Using your power drill rental again, attach the support across the middle of the frame. Your miter saw rental will come in handy again if you choose to measure and cut gussets. You can add additional support by adding corner gussets. Cut the gussets to length using your miter saw rental and then add them to the back corners of the frame. Attach these gussets to the back corners of the frame for even more stability.

Step 4: Choose Planters for Personality

Now that the vertical garden frame is built and the supports are mounted, it’s time to add your personality to this project. There are so many ways to customize the frame, starting with the backing. Think about filling the space with lumber for a solid, modern look or chicken wire for a shabby-chic vibe. Lattice is also a common, functional option.

Next, choose your planting vessels. Garden plants can thrive in a variety of vessels, so repurpose what you have on hand like crates, terra cotta pots, baskets or even paint cans. If you’re still in the DIY spirit, here’s how to use your rental tools to build your own planters:

  • Use the miter saw to cut the side, end, bottom and divider pieces for the planter boxes.
  • Dry fit the pieces together using a clamp while you drive screws with the power drill to secure the planters.
  • Remember to leave a small drainage channel for excess water. You can also drill small holes on the bottom of boxes to allow for proper drainage.

Step 5: Place and Secure Planters to the Frame 

With your frame and planters built, choose how you want to display your planters on the frame. Measure, layout and adhere your planters to the frame. Attach 2x4s as backers for added support and center the braces to secure the planters using the power drill.

Step 6: Decorate and plant your vertical garden.   

Once built, you can stand up the frame to add garden plants. Depending on your gardening goals, select flowers, greenery, herbs or vegetables to fill the planters. This is the time to enjoy the fruits (and flowers) of your new DIY vertical garden.

Thinking about your next DIY project? The Home Depot Rental is your one-stop shop for everything you need when it comes to supplies and general tools. If you’re thinking about taking on a bigger task this weekend, we’ve got equipment, truck and trailer rentals that will get you from doing to done.   

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