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Top DIY Ideas for Wall Gardens

Is there a better way to add to the beauty of your house than planting a beautiful, colorful garden? A garden can be a sight for sore eyes, a place for you to work in and relax.

When you think about gardens now, you think about where you want to put it, what shape you want it to have or how big you want it to be. Wall garden is a new and an innovative trend lately when it comes to gardens. There has been a surge in its popularity due to the very practical nature of it. It can come in many different shapes and sizes and be placed practically wherever you have some free space, whether it is on your walls, inside or outside your house, on the wall of a shed in your backyard, or even on some fence you don’t use. All in all, wall gardens are a perfect way to maximize your space.

Basic steps and considerations when building a wall garden

  • Choose a wall

The first decision to make is what wall you will use for your wall garden. The wall can be in the interior of your house or the exterior. It can be a wall you just want to cover up because it’s unattractive, but in general, any will do. You don’t have to worry about the weight of the garden. Basically, any wall can support its load, but you do have to consider how much sunlight it receives. You will have to choose your plants based on the conditions and the properties of the wall.

  • Think about the shape and design

There are many options to choose from when it comes to the type of your wall garden. There is no right or wrong choice; it depends only on what best suits you and your design and style, as well as on what you can incorporate best in your home. One of the options is a “pocket” wall garden or a container-style garden. With them, your potted plants are put in containers or in some kind of pockets made out of fabric or canvas and then displayed in rows on the wall or attached to it. You can also opt for a wooden pallet. The pallet would be attached to the wall, with a cloth attached to the bottom, back and the sides of it, and then filled with soil. The plants would grow from the pallet’s openings.

  • How to build a frame (if you need one)

If you have decided on a wooden pallet to grow your plants in, then this is how to build a structural basis for it. This basis consists of three main parts. You will need a frame, a sheet of plastic and some sort of fiber that goes on top of it all. It is easier and more convenient to build your frame before attaching it to the wall. The frame can be directly attached to the wall or you can build it so that it hangs, which makes it easier to take down.

When building the frame, it is recommended to use plastic elbows and joints as opposed to metal or wood. Metal can add to the weight and is more expensive, and wood can rot when exposed to moisture, if not protected properly.

A sheet of plastic should then be attached to the frame, to protect the wall from water, and to serve as a backing for the fabric that will go over it. You should attach at least two layers of fabric to make it stronger because it is where the plants will be placed. Use any fabric that can retain water for the plants and that will not rot, such as felt carpet padding.

  • What kind of plants can you grow

When it comes to the plants, you should first think about choosing those more “flexible.” This means those that will not stick out too much when growing, but nicely flow towards the ground. For example herbaceous ones, as opposed to trees and vines. When it comes to maintenance, your best choice is probably perennials, especially the native ones because they are the easiest to maintain, and more adapted to the local climate and soil.

Consider the amount of sun, humidity, and shade your wall garden will receive, and also the temperatures in your area. Choose your plants according to those conditions and their needs.

  • Irrigation system

You should set up an irrigation system to keep your plants growing. You can set it up in the form of a tube on top of your garden which will then drip water down throughout the fabric and towards the plants. Be careful not to overflow the plants with water, but also make sure to give them as much as they need. Wall gardens are a bit trickier than regular gardens as they need to be watered more often. Make sure to find the right balance. The drip-irrigation systems are probably your best option because they can distribute the water most efficiently and evenly.

Alternatively, you can water it yourself, the old-fashioned way with a watering can. Just make sure to do it regularly.

Ideas and designs

You can build your garden in the form of pockets. It is a fun way to organize it and you can experiment with it, arranging the pockets in any way you like. You can build a frame and then distribute the planted pockets on it, or you can attach them directly to the wall. It depends on the kind of wall you have and what it allows you to do. The material for the pockets can be any that is strong enough to carry the soil and the plant, and durable enough so that it can retain water and moisture without rotting. The best option for the environment would be some recyclable material.

Alternatively, you can use some other things that you have laying around your house that are not being used. You can repurpose some empty containers or jars that you don’t use and plant in them or even plastic bottles. Then attach those containers and bottles to your wall, arranging them in any way that fits you, either somewhere outside in the backyard or on the interior walls of your house.

You can also choose to have your entire wall covered in lush greenery. In that case, choose a plant that can grow two to three feet and then plant it on the top of the wall. It will grow out from the wall towards the ground. Since it will create shade when growing out from the top, plant some other plants beneath or underneath it that don’t need much sunlight – fern for example. You will get a nice waterfall effect on your wall.

In general, some of the most common plants used for vertical walls, due to their adaptability, durability and low maintenance are succulents, which can withstand harsh temperatures and climates. Other commonly used plants include ferns, which are also very adaptable, resistant, easy and quick to grow; vines, which are low maintenance and don’t need direct sunlight; begonias and bromeliads which have shallow roots and therefore don’t need much room to grow, but also to add some color and life to your garden.

Article was written by Matt from Fortified Roofing team.

Craig Scott

I love to spend all the time I can outdoors and find every excuse to leave my house. I write about everything from backyard DIY projects to gardening. If you can’t get a hold of me I am probably on a trail or a boat.

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