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How to Build an Indoor Vertical Garden

  1. Step 1 Cut

    From 4 pieces 1 x 6 x 6' cedar fence boards rip:

    1)  2 at 3-1/4"
    2)  2 at 3"
    3)  2 at 1-1/4"
    4)  2 at 3/4"

  2. Step 2 Round Over Board Edges

    Round Over Board Edges

    Using a router and 1/4" shank, 1/4" round-over bit, round-over the ripped edge of the 1-1/4" strips to match the round over of the finished edge. This will be the material for the frame.

  3. Step 3 Assemble the Box

    Assemble the Box

    Cut the 3-1/4" material to size. Our box is 41" x 14-1/2" outside measurement. Hold the box together with 1-1/4" brad nails. Then countersink and screw the box together with 8 x 2" #2 deck screws. Use the 3" strip to divide the box lengthwise. Countersink and screw together. Make the 3" pieces flush with the front.

  4. Step 4 Divide Box Into Sections

    Divide Box Into Sections

    Our box has 3 framed sections that are divided into 4 smaller sections (making 12 smaller squares). Each of the dividers is offset to allow for nailing. To make this easy, make 2 spacers (12-5/8" and 5-3/4"). Be sure that the dividers are flush with the front of the box when nailed in place. Start at one end using the 12-5/8" spacer and nail in 2 dividers. Then turn the box around and starting at the other side (to create the offset) nail in 2 dividers. Using the 5-3/4" spacer, insert the rest of dividers, coming off of the dividers that we already inserted. From the outer edge of the box, countersink and screw each divider.

  5. Step 5 Prepare Box for Back Insertion

    Prepare Box for Back Insertion

    There will be a 1/4" inset on the back side of the box. This will be where the back will be fitted. In this step use the 3/4" strip, cut and fit it to go around the inside of the outer edge. Make sure that it is flush with the 3" dividers and the middle, keeping the space where the back will sit. This will be a nailing strip.

  6. Step 6 Insert the Back

    Insert the Back

    Cut the cedar beadboard panelling to fit in the back grove. Pin-nail into the strips and middle.

  7. Step 7 Add Soil

    Fill each of the sections with soil.

  8. Step 8 Cut Coco Mat

    Cut the coco mat so that it will fit flush on the front edge. Cut it so that it will go through the middle of the offset dividers that you first put in.

    It will take three sections of the coco mat to cover the front.

  9. Step 9 Affix Coco Mat

    Affix Coco Mat

    Staple the mat to the box. The seam will be covered by the frame. Be sure to staple through the dividers and the middle so that each section is firm.

  10. Step 10 Attach Frame

    Attach Frame

    Cut the 1-1/4" frame material to fit flush to the outside of the box and nail through the coco mat into the front edge of the box.

    Then measure and cut the two divider pieces and brad nail in place, making sure to cover seams.

  11. Step 11 Planting


    We planted several varieties of succulents that are ideal for this type of garden.

    Using a utility knife, cut a semi-circle in each of the 4 sections. This will create a pocket in each section.

    Then pull the mat back and insert the plant. Pack with soil.

  12. Step 12 Hang the Box

    Use hanger clips on the back of the box to hang it on your wall.

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