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How to Build a Vertical Succulent Garden

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Measure and Mark
a person marks a piece of wood with a pencil

Measure and mark the boards according to the cut diagram in the next step.

Cut Diagram and List
Cut diagram

From the common board:

  • Two 24-inch top/bottom sections
  • Two 12-inch side sections

From the plywood:

  • One 25-1/2 x 12-inch rectangle
Make Cuts
cutting with a circular saw
Paint or Stain (Optional)
a person stains a piece of wood
  • Paint or stain all cut pieces prior to assembly.
  • Allow to fully dry.
Build the Frame
drilling a wood screw into a side and bottom segment to make a corner
  • Place the top and bottom 24-inch boards horizontal, parallel, and standing on their 1-inch ends.
  • Align the two 12-inch side segments so that one is on each left and right side of the 24-inch segments and forms the shape of a frame.
  • Using the drill and 1/8-inch drill bit, pre-drill two holes per corner from the outside of the side segments into the ends of the top and bottom segments.  
  • Use two wood screws per corner to attach the side segments to the top/bottom segments. 
Attach Wire
using a heavy-duty stapler to attach chicken wire
  • Roll out chicken wire and use a heavy-duty stapler to staple one end of the chicken wire inside of the frame along the top.   
  • Press the wire so that it is flush and taut to the opening of the frame and secure with staples along the inside of the bottom.
  • Use a pair of wire snips to cut the excess chicken wire once secured to both top and bottom.
Attach the Landscape Fabric
stapling landscape fabric into the frame
  • Repeat with the landscaping cloth so that it is secured with staples over the chicken wire on the frame.  
  • Trim excess cloth with scissors
Fill with Soil
Fill with soil

With the wire side facing down, fill the frame with potting soil

Attach Plywood Back
using a brad nailer to attach the plywood back to the frame
  • Place the plywood rectangle on top of the frame.
  • Attach to all sides using the brad nailer.
Attach Eye Hooks
Attach eye hooks
  • Stand box on its bottom and pre-drill centered holes two inches in from the left and right ends through the top of the frame.
  • Screw in eye hooks for hanging.
Add Plants and Hang
a person with gardening gloves on plants succulents in the frame
  • Lay box flat on its plywood back.
  • Using scissors or a knife, cut or punch a small hole in the landscape fabric beneath the chicken wire holes.
  • If needed, use your fingers to expand the hole in the fabric in order to get a plant’s roots inserted beneath the landscaping fabric and into the soil below.
  • Insert plants through the chicken wire hole and into the soil beneath the landscaping fabric.
  • Water and allow the plants to adjust to their new home with the box sitting flat.
  • After a few days, hang your beautiful new planter and enjoy!

Tip: Remember, succulents require very little water. You can either water using a using a spray bottle or lay the box flat when it’s time to water.