How to: Make a Modern, Space-Saving Vertical Vegetable Garden – Life Hacks Tips

How to: Make a Modern, Space-Saving Vertical Vegetable Garden

This modern, modular garden project works well in any space. Because it uses wood containers, you don’t have to worry about the quality of your existing soil, and they can sit on any surface: grass, concrete, gravel or even a wooden deck. The garden’s vertical orientation lets you grow a whole bunch of veggies, herbs, and flowers in a tiny footprint.The boxes are customizable to fit your space – all you need is solid wall or fence to attach the structure to, and you can put this guy anywhere.

Tools and Materials:

  • Miter or circular saw
  • Cordless drill and 1⁄8 inch drill bit
  • Staple gun and 1/2 electric cord staples
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses and dust mask
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tin snips or cutting pliers
  • 3x 8′ long cedar 1x8s
  • 4x 8′ long cedar 1x3s
  • 16x 8′ long cedar 1x2s
  • 1 roll of wire hardware cloth, 1/2″ gap
  • 1 roll weed blocker fabric


Building the Boxes:

I built my project out of “one-by” cedar material. Since my garden was going to be outside, I knew it would have lots of contact with water and direct sunlight, so I selected cedar for its natural decay-resistant properties. I would never use pressure-treated lumber for this, as it contains chemicals that will leach into the soil where my edibles are growing.

The main boxes measure 10″ high by 23″ long and 7 1/4″ wide. The sides are made from cedar 1x8s, cut to 10″. Two cedar 1x3s make up the base, 21 1/2″ in length, to give the bottom strength. Note that this is not a solid bottom, so that the soil can have proper drainage. The 1x3s are spaced evenly across the bottom.

The slats on the sides are made from cedar 1×2 material, cut to 23″. This size allows you to use an 8′ 1×2 to cut 4 slats for the front, while allowing for waste from the saw kerf. Be sure sure to place them flush with the top and bottom of the box, hiding the 1×3″ base when viewed from the front. Just space them evenly by eye, about 1 to 1 1/2″ apart. Attach them with 1 1/2″ long #8 decking screws. Because you’re screwing so close to the edge of the wood, you’ll definitely want to drill pilot holes to prevent splitting the wood.

To give the covered boxes a little more space, the center boxes are 12 3/4″ tall, and use five slats to make up the front and back.


Once your boxes are assembled, cut 1/2″ mesh hardware cloth using snips or cutting pliers, and staple it to the 1×3″ base to make up the bottom of the boxes.

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