Rainbow Vertical Garden DIY

7 Materials
6 Hours

What do you do when you have a small yard and chickens that eat all the plants they can find? You build yourself a vertical rainbow garden! I’m sure a couple of our more sneaky chickens will find a way into some of our newly planted veggies, but for now it will work just fine.

Are you are comfortable using spray paint and a screwdriver? Then you can make this planter!

Start by spray painting the pre made wooden crates with a variety of color. Note: Only paint the outside of your crates. Don't paint where the dirt will be inside of the crate.

When the crates are dry arrange them on the ground to plan out a pattern for your vertical garden. Be sure to consider what kind of plants you want. You might need more crates with more vertical growing space for most plants.

When you have your pattern figured out, measure out and cut the treated wood posts to the length you need (be sure you cut posts for the front and back of the vertical garden). Add about 3 inches to the length of each post so the boxes don’t sit right on the ground. Cutting tip: if you don’t have a saw to cut the wood, don’t worry. Most home improvement stores will cut the posts to length for you if you have your measurements ready.

Connect the posts to the sides of the crates using wood screws.

Line the crates with landscape fabric and get to planting!

It’s amazing how such a small update can really change the feel of a space.

Do you want to make this vertical rainbow garden for your yard? As long as you have a few basic tools it’s pretty easy to make.

Find more details and the full tutorial here: https://thepapermama.com/2017/07/rainbow-vertical-garden-diy/

Update based on comments:

I think it would be a great idea to place a planter inside of the box instead of the landscape fabric. The crates could last longer. There was also a suggestion to line with plastic and add drainage holes.

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Have a question about this project?

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  • Divab Bartzen
    on Mar 18, 2019

    Even with landscape cloth, won't these crates rot out fairly quickly?

    • Linda
      on Mar 24, 2019

      Good idea but the crates would rot in any area that has a lot of rain or from a sprinkler spraying on it.

  • Marika
    on Mar 18, 2019

    Can we lined with plastic first and then landscape cloth? Not to forget to put holes in it.

  • Margaret
    on Apr 22, 2019

    What are the actual dimensions of the crates you used?

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  • Dsouther
    on Mar 20, 2019

    I love all the colors. I am getting ready to have a fence installed. Something like this would break up the monotony. Great job

  • Brenda
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Truly a fun idea love this, any time I get to do bright colors makes me happy. I love gardening as well happy happy happy to try this. Thanks for sharing

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