Spring Sprouting: Ideas For Vertical Gardens
Getting our gardens ready for warmer months is one of those spring traditions that re-introduces us to our outdoor environments. But every few years, we need to change up our gardens and do something to add a little more character to our landscapes. One of the easiest and most dynamic ways to do that is by creating a vertical garden. Here are a few ideas for vertical gardens to inspire you.
Repurposed wooden pallets are the unsung heroes of the DIY garden. Pallets make building a vertical garden easy because the base is already assembled, it's just a matter of finding a good place to prop it up and get your plants to take root. To do it right, first cover the back with landscaping paper and secure it with staples. From there, lay the pallet down horizontally and fill it with potting soil and transplant your greenery or seeds. After a couple weeks of watering and sunshine, the pallet is ready to go vertical!
Lattice Entertain You
Watching plants climb (over time) makes looking after the garden more active. While ivy likes to climb walls, there are other plants that like to climb lattice and trellises, which can be more elegant. Lattice gives plants that little bit of structure they need to reach great heights. When they fill out the trellis, the vines add a simple, protective and pretty layer of green to an outdoor wall. Lattice can be found at home improvement stores but you can make a trellis yourself using chicken wire and wooden stakes. When the vines gain significant growth, it becomes a green veil to cover the wire and wood.
Planting a few seeds in pockets is a simple and inexpensive way to lift your garden to eye level. It takes little more than an over-the-door organizer stuffed with potting soil and seeds to compartmentalize your herbs for easy access to and from the kitchen while you're cooking. If you don't want to soil a good organizer, you can put together a burlap wall hanging and add the pockets yourself for a breathable environment for your herbs.
Wall planters allow you to get really creative with your greenery. The containers and mounts can take on many shapes and designs. Affixing chicken wire to a pretty picture frame allows you to secure soil for seeding and when the plants take root, you can hang them on the wall like a regular picture.
A wooden plaque acts as a base for nails on which you can weave string into geometric shapes that can hold air plants when they're hung on the wall (they don't need soil and only an occasional soaking). If you have old wall file organizers, rather than filling them with files, you can fill them with soil and cascading plants to give a blank wall (inside or outside) a little more life.
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