How to Build a Vertical Garden Wall

2-4 hours

A vertical planter will transform your fence into a beautiful garden

Vertical garden walls can inject greenery and life into a small area without taking up too much floor space. It can also provide strong visual impact and enliven any outdoor room. However, if your garden wall will be exposed to water, be sure to use either pressure-treated cedar or redwood boards.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

MATERIALS

1
CUT AND PREP

• Starting with the 2’ x 10’s, measure out and cut ten 11” pieces and seven 15” pieces.
• Tale the 1’ x 4’s and measure and cut them into 46 pieces that are 30” long, and 24 pieces that are 3” long.
• Measure and cut the 2’ x 4’ boards into 14 pieces that are 27” long.

2
ASSEMBLY

• For each of the five smaller crates, use 3” exterior deck screws to attach two 2’ x 4’ pieces between two of the 11 inch 2’ x 10’ pieces.
• Make sure it’s at the lowest point of the 2’ x 10’ and spaced at your discretion.
• Pre-drill all screw holes through the 30 inch 1’ x 4’s and into the 2’ x 10’s.
• Leave a ¼” gap between the boards.
• Screw the 1’ x 4’ pieces onto the back and front sides using 1 ½” screws.

• Follow the same steps as the smaller crates when you build the two larger ones, except use the 15 inch 2’ x 10’s as the ends of the crates.
• Pre-drill, countersink and then screw on an extra 1’ x 4’ panel on each side of the two crates.

• For the three side supports of the planter, take one of the 15 inch 2’ x 10’s and four of the 3 inch long 1’ x 4’s.
• Pre-drill and screw through the 1’ x 4’s.

3
ADD THE MESH AND PLASTIC

• Use the wire cutters to cut the ½” gap wire mesh into 9” x 27” pieces.
• Line the bottom of the planters.
• Use the staples with either a hammer or a staple gun to fix the wire in place.
• Cut pieces of the polypropylene weed barrier and line the entire interior of the crate to to protect the wood from the moist soil.
• Staple it into place.
• Only apply a sealant to the wood unless you are confident that it is food-grade finish to avoid contaminating the soil.

4
ATTACH TO FENCE

• Pre-stack planter boxes against the fence to determine if it is tall enough to suspend them in the air.
• Drill the crates into the 2’ x 4’ railing that runs through your fence whenever possible.
• Place two of the smaller crates on the ground against the fence and 26” apart.
• Use 1 ½” screws to drill the top crates into the fence.
• Place one of the large crates on top of the two smaller crates, straddling them evenly, and screw it into the fence.
• Grab the side supports and put them on the outer edges of the small crates and screw them in.

5
FILL THE PLANTER

Fill the planter crates with potting soil and start planting.