Another Pinterest Project: DIY Vertical Planter Garden with instructions found on RufflesandTruffles.com – recently updated to HelpfulHomemade.com. (I really like her blog – she’s smart AND funny!) I tweaked it a little to maximize my space and accommodate large planters.
The risers are prefab and available at most home improvement stores. They are around $25 each. I used treated 2x4s and 2×6 for the frame because I knew that I’d be using plastic planters that would not come into contact with the wood.
I used screws and bolts to stabilize the frame. I knew it would get heavy with soil, water and plants. The planter boxes I purchased were extra large and I needed to cut the back edge down for a secure fit. I also drilled holes in the bottom for drainage.
This wasn’t a thrifty project. With $50 for the risers, another $40 for the planter boxes, lumber, hardware and stain; I believe it was around $115-125 to build, but it has certainly optimized space and has been a great way to add portable gardening space around our home.