Gardening with limited space can be challenging, especially when you want to grow everything! That’s why we decided to try vertical gardening with a DIY wooden vertical garden planter. We had used up all of our raised bed space and all of our allotted ground space already when we came upon the cutest little strawberry plants at our local hardware store. Our kids LOVE strawberries, and so do we, so we had to have them! We bought a bunch, and knew we had to get creative when it came to planting them.
We decided to build our vertical garden planter on our fence. Vertical gardens are great, because:
- You can put one anywhere! This is a great solution for limited spaces such as small yards or apartment balconies, and urban areas.
- Since you’re growing up not out, you can grow more crops in a smaller area.
- They’re nice to look at. You can use many different materials or containers for your vertical garden to match the area it is placed in.
- Your plants are farther out of the reach of pests.
After deciding on the size and location of the planters, we got to work. We used 1×6 pine to build 6 boxes that are three feet wide and six inches deep, and mounted them to the fence with 2×4’s and wedges underneath each box made with extra wood for support.
Our vertical garden has been the perfect solution for us. We were able to grow so many strawberries this way, without taking up space on the ground or having tons of pots. This would be a great way to grow herbs or flowers, too.
We plan on building more vertical garden space this year for our herbs. Have you tried vertical gardening? What would you grow in a vertical garden planter? Let us know in the comments!