How To Build A Vertical Vegetable Garden

Vertical vegetable gardens are an increasingly popular way to grow vegetables in a small space. As the name suggests, vertical vegetable gardening involves growing plants vertically on walls or other structures. This gardening method can maximize space in a small garden. Vertical vegetable gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and efficient. Read more to learn how to build a vertical vegetable garden.

A photo of a Vertical Vegetable Garden.

Building a vertical vegetable garden is an exciting and creative way to grow your produce. You can create from many materials, such as wood planks nailed together in an A-frame shape, PVC pipes mounted vertically on walls, and more.

The procedure depends on the type you want to build. Here are three of the most popular vertical vegetable garden types and how to build them.

PVC Pipe Vertical Garden

This type of vertical vegetable garden is a great way to grow tomatoes, peppers, and climbing vegetables such as cucumbers. You will need PVC pipes, connectors, and soil to build this type.

  1. Measure and Cut: Start by measuring and cutting the main PVC pipes to size. Secure both PVC pipes to your work surface with bar clamps, and cut both to size using a hacksaw or reciprocating saw.
  2. Cut Holes for Plants: Use a power drill to create holes for your plants once the pipes are cut to size. Make sure to space the holes correctly so there is enough room between them for growth. Smooth out any rough edges around the holes with sandpaper or a metal file.
  3. Add Drainage Holes: Drill drainage holes at the bottom of each irrigation pipe to allow excess water to escape and prevent root rot.
  4. Add Weed Block: To prevent weeds from growing through the pipes, add a weed block to the irrigation pipe and secure it with zip ties. It will also help retain moisture.
  5. Put Irrigation Pipe in Place: Place the large PVC pipe in the center of the planter, or you can dig a hole using an earth auger. Slip the irrigation pipe inside the large one and keep it centered. Add about six inches of gravel to anchor the pipes and prevent them from shifting.
  6. Fill with Soil: Once the irrigation line is in place, fill the pipes with soil. Leave enough space for the vegetables to grow. Once assembled, you can plant your choice of vegetables in the holes you created earlier.

Pallet Vertical Garden

A vertical pallet garden is another excellent option for adding vertical space to your garden. To build a vertical pallet garden, you will need a pallet, soil, landscaping paper, and your chosen plants.

  1. Prepare the Pallet: Begin by preparing the pallet. Make sure it is properly treated and free of splinters or sharp edges. If you need to, sand down any rough areas with sandpaper.
  2. Staple the Paper: Once the pallet is prepped, double the landscaping paper and start stapling. Staple it along the pallet's sides, bottom, and back.
  3. Fill with Soil: Next, fill the pallet with soil. Start at the bottom pallet, then work your way up, pressing down firmly as you go. It will help create stability for your plants.
  4. Plant Your Vegetables: You can plant your vegetables once the pallet is filled with soil. Choose vegetables that do well in a vertical setting, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or peppers.

Ladder Vertical Garden

A vertical ladder garden is a great way to add variety and height to your garden. You will need an old ladder, some soil, and your chosen plants to build one.

  1. Secure the Ladder: Securely attach the ladder to a fence or wall. It can be done with screws or nails, depending on your material. Make sure to use enough support so that the ladder is stable.
  2. Put Baskets: Next, hang baskets or planters on the ladder. Space them evenly and securely attach them to each ladder step.
  3. Fill the Baskets: Fill the baskets on either side of the ladder with soil. Make sure it has enough room for plants to grow.
  4. Add the Plants: Plant your chosen vegetables once you fill the baskets with soil. Choose vegetables that fit this setup.

The right tools and procedures can make the job surprisingly easy. Check out Redback Tools for tools you might need in building and maintaining your vertical garden. With a little effort, your vertical vegetable garden will provide you with a bountiful harvest for months.

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