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Please vote for my Vertical Garden in the gardening contest and the Green contest!  Thank you!

I moved from a house with a huge back yard to a place with a pretty nice sized balcony.  As much as I love to garden, space was going to be a challenge as well as dealing with potted plants.  I needed my herb garden (because, who doesn't NEED fresh herbs?) but I had no desire for little pots to be taking up ground space.  Solution...build UP!  So here is my lovely vertical garden made from an upcycled wooden pallet, some recycled pots, and metal wire.  The entire thing ended up costing me about $30.


At least 1 wooden pallet
As many pots as you have plants/seeds
Potting soil
Metal wire (i used 100lb wire)
Wire cutters
4 wood screws
Outdoor paint in your favorite color
Paint brush or small roller

Step 1: Make it CUTE.

Picture of Make it CUTE.
If you purchase small flowers or herbs from your local nursery or garden center, you know they always come in terrible, cheap, black plastic containers.  So, first thing first...make it cute!  Get different pots of different sizes and colors, throw some potting soil in there and transplant your baby plants to them.  If you are starting from seed, this will bring color to your garden from day one!  The different colors bring life to any garden.
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HelenaTroy2 years ago
Excellent! I've seen a few "vertical gardens" but this one is very simple and very effective - and very good to look at.

I have a garden that's no bigger than a large balcony, and have to use pots for everything - the garden is surrounded by a wire-mesh fence which is going to waste.

Is there a limit to the size of pot that can be safely used? I tend towrards larger pots, but I suppose that depends on the strength of the support.

Definitely going to put this in my "give it a go" file!
L.A.Woman (author)  HelenaTroy2 years ago
I haven't tested out large size pots. since this was originally for my her garden, I kept them small. But I started off with ten and now there's 16 pots! Im sure if you manage your wire right, it should hold up. Just as an fyi, the pots can also be drilled on, I used wire on mine so that they would be removable and interchangeable.
cnc-amateur2 years ago
I like very much. very creative and on vogue.
thayray2 years ago
Wonderful idea! I'm going to try it this week.
L.A.Woman (author)  thayray2 years ago
If you do, please send photos! I would love to see how others turn out.
koc77 made it!19 days ago
Thanks for the instructable!
wfmaguire3 months ago

This a is fantastic idea! I'm moving into a townhouse with a very small coutyard and this will be ideal! Thanks!

NWGeorgiaR2R4 months ago

hmmm, how about some polypropylene fabric?

I love vertical pallet gardens. My fiance and I are going to be making a few for our home. I found out that if you coat the pallet in a paint that seals it, you can fill the pallet layer by layer and have your plants stick out the slots. The only downside that I've found is it isn't portable. Yours seems to be easy to move if you need to put it somewhere else. :D Love it. Fav.

mpalenkar made it!1 year ago

Thanks for inspiration, here is my try

I just got a pallet left over from a delivery and I was wondering what I could do with it. I was also looking for a vertical garden piece for my balcony. thanks so much for the idea!
Nice, simple, and cute!
L.A.Woman (author)  dlginstructables2 years ago
Thank you! Key word here: simple.
MrLeg2 years ago
Excellent Idea for my balcony. We have flowers that require shade, and I think it would be easy to add a roof to this arrangement, if required. Holidays coming up, time to build something!
L.A.Woman (author)  MrLeg2 years ago
You can make plenty of these! It was a one afternoon project. Very simple and to the point.
nanaverm2 years ago
Pretty and practical! You should enter this in the Gardening Contest.
L.A.Woman (author)  nanaverm2 years ago
I've tried to but all I get is an email saying they will review my entry and contact me within 48 hours. I haven't gotten a reply. Im new here so not sure how it all works. Any ideas?
I've never entered anything and don't know. Maybe they're running behind?
L.A.Woman (author)  nanaverm2 years ago
I was accepted! I hope I get your vote!
I'll vote for you!!
L.A.Woman (author)  Billrose2 years ago
Thank you! Its amazing how much I geek out on garden gadgets! Lol
HelenaTroy2 years ago
drilling pots on sounds good - I'd need to be able to get at the pots for repotting etc, but your suggestion made me htink, I could nest two pots, one fixed to the pallet, the one with the plant dropped into that. thanks!
L.A.Woman (author)  HelenaTroy2 years ago
That sounds like a great idea! Maybe ill make one with larger pots and see how it goes.
if yoiu do, please post pics! I'm disabled so it'll take me some time to get a pallet home, muich less get it set up, so you're lokely to finish first
L.A.Woman (author)  cvalencia7132 years ago
Thank you! Can't believe I got a "pero wow!" Lol
vincent75202 years ago
Very nice project !…
Thanks for posting
L.A.Woman (author)  vincent75202 years ago
thank you! I hope it inspires you to plant something new :)
I will … as soon I have a backyard (I don't even dream of a garden …) !
L.A.Woman (author)  vincent75202 years ago
you can do it on a small balcony too :)
Aaah !… I understand you will leave me no rest until I make one !!!… ;D
L.A.Woman (author)  vincent75202 years ago
Or until you plant something! I don't care if its in a recycled tin can. Just get something green growing! Lol
larsrc2 years ago
Note that this might not be as easy in Europe, as there is a non-trivial deposit on pallets here.
L.A.Woman (author)  larsrc2 years ago
Wow, I had no clue. Is it.something expensive?
It's 12 Euros (see http://www.stonecladdingshop.co.uk/3112/) for the EUR pallets. But I don't think EUR pallets are what you want, they weigh almost 70 pounds (30kg). .I'm guessing there are more light-weight ones available for smaller things being transported.
L.A.Woman (author) 2 years ago
Please be sure to VOTE for my vertical garden, I would so greatly appreciate it!
L.A.Woman (author) 2 years ago
Hey everyone! if you like what you see, please vote for me in the gardening contest. I would appreciate it much. Thank you!!
looloo632 years ago
What a wonderful idea, I shall differently be making one of these.
L.A.Woman (author)  looloo632 years ago
Please send pictures if you do make one!
Trustthapo2 years ago
I knew I should have snagged those pallets by the dumpster this morning. Nice 'ible! Certainly gonna try this if nobody has dragged them off yet.
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