How to Plant a Vertical Garden

26 Jul 2015
Use your empty plastic soda bottles or plastic flower pots to make a beautiful vertical garden. You can do this indoors or outdoors to add a little drama and beauty to your home.
vertical garden pots with soil

What you’ll need:

  • 2-liter plastic bottles (as many as you think you need) or plastic flower pots
  • Scissors
  • Thin rope, twine or wire
  • Potting Soil
  • Seedlings (whatever plants you want to grow)
  • Wall hooks

You may not be proud of it but you have to admit, you drink a lot of soda, and unless you recycle, which you should you’re left with a lot of plastic bottles. You throw them away usually however; you could save them and do what can be the easiest most outstanding DIY gardening project ever, make them into garden planters. Yes you heard right, those leftover soda bottles into a vertical garden with some supplies and a bit of crafting skills that you probably learnt in high school. This type of vertical gardening can be used to dramatically makeover interior and exterior spaces.

Gather your Materials

Gather everything you need to complete this DIY project. You’ll need, plastic plant pots or 2-liter plastic bottles, get as many as you need to make your vertical garden the size you desire. Scissors, thin rope, twine or wire to connect your containers to one another and wall hooks from which your vertical garden will hang. The last things you’ll need are the seedlings of whatever plants you’ll like to grow and potting soil to plant them in. Got everything? Okay let’s begin. 

Prepare your Bottles

If you are using plastic bottles, using your scissors cut rectangular holes at one side of each of your plastic bottles. These holes don’t need to be measured and don’t have to be perfect rectangles either. Just make sure that they are large enough to accommodate the soil and seedlings later. Next using your scissors again, punch two holes at the bottom of the bottles, these will allow drainage when you water your plants. You’ll also need to make two additional holes at the top of the bottles; this is so that you have a place to pass the rope, twine or wire.  If you are using plastic pots, place holes on two sides of the pot at the top.

Hang Up

It’s time to hang your vertical garden. Thread your rope, twine or wire through one of the top holes and pull it out the other. Continue this pattern, joining all the bottles/pots to one another. As you attach the bottles/pots, be sure to tie a large knot underneath so that your containers won’t slip from their position. Next get your wall hooks and attach them to the wall. How your hooks will be attached depends on the type of wall hooks you purchase, so follow the directions on the package closely.  You can now proceed to hang your vertical garden and fill the plastic bottles/pots with potting soil and seedlings.

So you’re done. That was beyond easy and not to forget fun! Now you have the rest of the day to sit, have a drink and stare at your handiwork or maybe watch some cricket.