A practical and economic solution to build our own vertical garden inside of our houses
You gonna need:
- Pvc tube with a 11cm diameter (or near) and 60cm (length).
- 2lts plastic bottle
- Drilling machine
- Paper tape
- Utility knife
- 1 Bolt and screw (about 0.5cm diameter)
Mark 20 and 40 cm in your pvc tube with the paper tape.
Make two cuts until the middle of the tube.
Heat up the tube in your stove. Be careful, you don´t need to place the tube very close to the flame.
Concentrate the heat in the zone above the cuts.
In case you have a powerful hairdrier or a hot air gun, you can use one of these to heat the tube in a more controlled and safer way.
I've chosen the stove because it was more practical for me.
Push the heated zone inside, making two apertures ( creating the space where you will put your plants).
Make two holes in the back of the tube.
One in the top and the other one in line with the lowest cut (see in the next image how it should look).
The top hole serves to hang the tube on the wall.
The one lined up with the last aperture serves to hang the plastic bottle (which will function as a earth deposit-see next step).
Cut the 2lt plastic bottle, as shown in the picture. It should have the same height as the bottom earth container (about 20cm).
Make a hole in the bottle (about 2cm below the cut). The hole should be big enough to fit the screw-see next image.
The screw will unite the tube with the half bottle (that shall be filled with gardening soil).
Unite screw and thread.
The bottle cap should be near the end of the tube
For a better aesthetic, paint the vertical garden with a spray can (preferably, use low pressure acrilic paint).
Ready to be filled up with gardening soil and plants of your choice. If you are going to keep it inside your home, i recommend herbs like mint, peppers, thyme,etc.
I add this buckle to the vertical garden, just to optimize it's transportability.
The next steps will show how you can make yours
To add the buckle you will need:
- a stripe (of leather, plastic, choose your material).
- eyelets (about 0.5cm inside diameter)
Cut a strip (about 55cm-minimum)
Do two holes- one in the top and one in the bottom of the stripe.
Apply the two eyelets- one in each hole.
and that's it, it's done! Hold the stripe with two screws in the holes made in the back of the vertical garden.
Since I am a student away from home, the buckle was just a detail that i wanted to explore because students in my situation tend to move a lot from house to house during their college years (and when there's vacations we go back to our parents house), so I thought this could be a cool and practical way of carrying our garden from home to home.
Thanks Eneida G. for the photos, and thanks Simão e Xana for the help in the project :)