Good for areas short on space vertical gardens also let gardeners who have difficulty bending enjoy tending plants.
Step 1: Make the Planter
Step 2: Choose Your Plants
Step 3: Make Cutouts in the Lid
Step 4: Drill Holes in the Dividers
Step 5: Secure the Dividers
Step 6: Add the PVC Pipe Spacer
Step 7: Add the Potting Mix
Step 8: Position the Plants
Buy planter kits online for about
$60 from floragrubb.com
or make the planter using divided
plastic containers such as shoe holders
or boxes for screws and nails.
Rows of soil and plants are held in
place by the dividers in the box,
which are secured using cable ties
attached through holes drilled into
the box and the lid.
Geotextile fabric prevents soil
falling through drainage holes and
helps retain moisture for plant roots.
At the base 1 1/2" PVC pipe
acts as a spacer to angle it away
from the wall. The entire planter
is spray painted with primer then
matte black for a sleek finish.
Avoid using big plants that put
a lot of weight on the roots and
may be dragged out of the soil.
Plants that thrive in small
amounts of soil are best.
For direct light, choose
succulents such as echeveria,
sedum and sempervivum.
They’re also drought tolerant,
making them easy to look after.
For a shaded wall, choose
bromeliad, small-leaved ferns,
birds nest, calathea or begonia
as they prefer limited direct sun.
Mark around the compartments
on the lid about 2" from the
edges, scoring the plastic repeatedly
with a utility knife to cut through.
Remove the dividers and use
a 1/6" drill bit to make holes in the
base edge, about 2 3/4" from the sides.
Drill matching holes in the box then
make a hole in the center of the
divider 1/4" from the top with two
corresponding holes into the lid.
Position the dividers in the box
and use cable ties to secure. Drill
1/6" holes through the box and
corners of the offcuts from the lid
then use 1/2" x 1/10" stainless bolts,
nuts and washers to secure. Drill 1/6"
drainage holes through the box base.
Drill 1/6" holes through the
base of the box and the ends of
a 8 1/4" x 1 1/2" PVC pipe then use
1/2" x 1/10" stainless bolts to secure.
Spray the box with a plastics primer,
leave it to dry then spray two coats
of matte black paint and leave to dry.
Cut geotextile fabric to cover the
drainage holes then use potting mix
to fill the compartments, pressing it
in firmly. Position another piece of
fabric over the box, cut it to size then
attach the lid with cable ties through
the holes in the lid and dividers.
Starting at the base, cut holes or
horizontal slits in the fabric, feather
out the roots of each plant and use
a spoon to insert it into a gap, firming
the soil around the roots, adding
more if needed. Attach the planter
to a masonry wall using anchors.
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