DIY a Vertical Veggie Garden and Save Yourself Tons of Space

If you’re living that #apartmentlife or are just a bit short on outdoor space, we’ve got the best news: you don’t need a big plot of land to grow your own vegetables. Instead, make your garden thrive vertically!

Though you can’t grow every type of veggie on this wall (TBH, tomatoes might be a bit too heavy for this design), this clever setup makes a perfect home for lettuce, kale, cabbage and herbs.

Vertical Veggie Garden

Level: Easy

Vertical Veggie Garden
top view of vertical veggie garden with pots of soil surrounding it

From DIY Weekend Gardens

What You Need

  • Wooden pallet
  • Landscape fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Plywood, the same size as the wooden pallet
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Two 1x4 cuts of wood
  • Exterior paint
  • Paint brush
  • Potting soil
  • Box cutter
  • Your favorite vegetables


1. Staple the Landscape Fabric

Flip your wooden pallet over so the back is facing up. Place the landscape fabric into the pallet and staple it against the inside of the front panels. Staple along the sides as well to secure it.

2. Build the Box

Screw a piece of plywood to the back of the pallet. Then screw a 1x4 cut of wood to the bottom, as shown in the video.

3. Make It Pretty

Cover the wood with exterior paint. Let it dry completely.

4. Fill It With Soil

Turn the pallet so it’s vertical and the open end is facing up. Fill the open space behind the landscape fabric with soil. Pack it tightly and then screw another 1x4 cut of wood to the top.

5. Prep for the Veggies

Using a box cutter, cut a small X in the landscape fabric where you want to plant a vegetable. Repeat this for each plant. Be sure to leave plenty of room between Xs for the greens to grow!

6. Plant Your Garden

Plant your desired veggies and prop your pallet against a sunny wall!

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