DIY Living Wall | Vertical Garden Planters | The Home Depot

Hi. I’m Saul from The Home Depot community. And today we’re going to
make a vertical garden. It’s a great project where the green
thumb and the tool person in you comes together to make something you
will not find in any other old garden. There are several steps
in this project, so you might want to watch this video once
through and then use it as a reference as you build your garden. If you’re good with
measurements and a saw, you can create any size of
vertical garden you want. We’re going to show you how to make
one that’s 37 by 24 and 1/2 inches. Here’s what you’ll need– four pieces of 1 by 4 whitewood
or pressure-treated wood, two cut 24 and 1/2 inches long
and two cut at 37 inches; four pieces of 1 by 6 whitewood
or pressure-treated wood, two cut 32 inches long and
two cut at 18 inches; four pieces of 1 by 2 whitewood, two cut
at 32 inches, one at 20 and 3/4 inches, and one at 15 inches; and
finally, a piece of 1/4 inch plywood sheeting measuring
32 by 19 and 1/2 inches. That’s a lot of numbers to throw at you. But it’s important to get
the right measurements. Now to assemble the bed. Take the two 32-inch lengths of wood and
measure down from the top by 14 inches and up from the bottom by 3 and 1/2. Place a mark at each location. Now take your three 18-inch boards. One goes at the very top, one in
the middle at the 14-inch mark, and one at the bottom
at the 3 and 1/2 mark. Use a drill and 1 and 1/2-inch exterior
wood screws to join the top and bottom boards together, but hold off
on the middle board for now. Then take the piece of plywood and
secure it to the back of the bed. Now that the frame’s
assembled, we’ll make some room for our irrigation system. Using a 1-inch spade bit, drill
two holes in the top of the frame. Take the middle support
we didn’t screw in and slide it up flush
to the top of the board. Use a clamp to secure it
to the top of the frame and drill only one
matching hole into it. With the corresponding hole drilled,
you can move this board back to the 14-inch mark and screw
it in as you did the others. With your bed mostly
finished, now is a good time to install an optional French cleat if
you want to hang your garden on a wall. To do this, get an extra piece of 1
by 4 whitewood about 12 inches long, and screw it into the interior of the
bed at the top and bottom of the frame. Then on the outside, screw your French
cleat into these supporting pieces. Remember, this is optional. There are many other
ways to hang your garden. And the garden we’re building
is designed to stand upright on the ground, if you like. Attach the one by two pieces
of whitewood around the frame. These will give extra
surface area to support the frame, which we’ll attach later on. Screw the 32-inch long
boards along the long sides, the 20 and 3/4-inch board on the top,
and the 15-inch one along the bottom, keeping them all flush
with the front of the bed. Now we’re ready to line the
bed with plastic sheeting. Do this to prevent wood rot and warping. Line each compartment separately
and leave enough slack for the soil. Staple the plastic in place
and cut away the excess. Now with the bed assembled, let’s
move on to the irrigation system. Start by using a razor to make an
X-shaped incision in the plastic liner in the holes we drilled earlier. Put one piece of 19-inch long PVC pipe
through the top and center section holes and one piece of 8-inch long
PVC pipe through the second hole. Attach caps to the
ends of each pipe, then glue the reducing bushing to the
opposite end where you’ll be watering. With a small drill bit, place
drip holes along each pipe. Put one as close to the bottom as
you can to reduce standing water. On the 19-inch pipe, you only need to
drill holes in the second compartment. Now we’re ready to get a little dirty. Fill both compartments
with soil, shaking the box occasionally to let it settle. With the soil in place, stretch a
piece of black ground cover or shade cloth across the frame
and staple it into place. Remember those 1 by 4
pieces of wood from earlier? It’s time to use them as your frame. If you want them painted,
do this beforehand. And if you want a miter the corners,
be sure your measurements are accurate. Drill the frame into the 1 by 2s we
fixed around the exterior early on. With your frame in
place, you can accurately measure the height and width you’ll
need for the supporting lattice work. Cut accordingly. Paint it, if you like. Then attach it to the inner lip of
the bed with 1-inch wood screws. Take a razor and cut an X in
each opening of the lattice work so you can begin planting your flowers. Then start coloring things up. Remember, flowers with
shorter stems will look nicer since there’s less
weight to pull them down. You’ll have to keep your vertical garden
horizontal for at least three weeks to let the soil settle
and the roots take hold. After the three weeks have
passed, hang your garden to the wall with the French cleat
or stand it upright on the ground. Then step back and let the
compliments start flowing in. If you enjoyed this project and
you’re ready to take on a few others, be sure to visit for more great project how-to ideas. Sign up for the Garden
Club at the same address. More saving, more do. That’s the power of The Home Depot.

22 thoughts on “DIY Living Wall | Vertical Garden Planters | The Home Depot

  1. Absolutely love this channel! It's chock full of good info. I was inspired to start my own channel on professional painting for the DIY guys and gals. I've just started it and would love support/ feedback/ ideas for video topics. Going to get interesting in the very near future! Please subscribe and check us out! Peace!

  2. This looks really cute and easy to do! I wouldn't want to drill into my brick and hang a French cleat from it, so I'd probably just build table legs for it.

  3. This is about tools and materials. Way too complicated. Terrible! I've never clicked on dislike. This is the first time.

  4. Whoa, that was a lot of information in less than 5 minutes. Awesome tutorial! I want to go work for Home Depot now lol

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