Running out of room to plant things? Don’t fret! Instead, look up — and create a vertical garden.

Whether you’re planting an herb garden or an array of annuals, this build is bound to boost your backyard’s appearance.

Even better, you can use vertical gardens to create consistent aesthetics throughout your yard, defining separate living spaces.

Follow along with Doug Scott, landscape designer and host of Exmark’s Done-In-A-Weekend project series, to learn how to build a vertical garden.

Your backyard will never be the same.


Vertical garden on a wood pallet in a backyard by a grill and swimming pool.

How to Create a Vertical Garden

You can build a vertical garden in just a few hours. Here’s what you need.

Materials

  • Recycled pallet
  • Backer board, cut to the pallet’s dimensions
  • Roll of landscape fabric
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Marking pencil
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Drill/Driver
  • Screw/Drill bits
Man's hand with hammer removing wood board from pallet to make a vertical garden.

Using a crowbar and hammer, remove every other horizontal pallet board to provide access, and equal spacing, between the remaining boards.

Man's hand with pencil and measuring tape on black fabric

Measure spaces between the uprights for width. Then, measure the fabric height, allowing the fabric to be attached on the top of a board, down the length of that board and to the back, and back up the length of the adjacent board on the backside.

Man's hand with scissors cutting black fabric

Cut the landscape fabric to the length and width of each section.

Man's hand stapling black fabric to wood pallet board for a vertical garden.

Use the staple gun to attach the fabric to the top of the frontside board —folding the fabric 1/2-inch and stapling through the fold for added strength.

Then, attach the fabric to the back of the backside board—running it along the side and over the top of the board, leaving enough fabric to create a trough between the boards.

Man's hand with screwdriver screwing a screw into a backer board for a vertical garden.

Take the backer board, line it up with the corners of the back of the pallet, then screw it into place.

That’s all there is to it! This quick and easy build is a great way to provide some depth and breadth to your garden, as well as grow fresh herbs in unexpected spaces.


Looking to breathe new life into your outdoor spaces? Then, look no further than simple, cost-effective DIY projects. Exmark’s Done-In-A-Weekend project series will help you enjoy a better backyard life!


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