The Paper Mama
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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.

rainbow vertical garden diy

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

rainbow vertical garden diy

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.

rainbow vertical garden diy

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

rainbow vertical garden diy

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:

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?

3 of 8 questions
  • Thomas Wilcox
    3 days ago

    Where did you get the wooden crates?

  • Divab
    3 days ago

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

    • Treia Stitzer
      3 days ago

      Not necessarily, that is what the landscape cloth is used for. One to keep the soil from falling through, two is to create a barrier between the wood and soil. These will last a long time. The only reason they would rot over time (long time) is if the soil was directly on the wood

  • Marika
    3 days ago

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

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  • Kimm King
    3 days ago

    Really cute idea! Hubby and I made a long planter and used landscaping cloth. Turned out great!

  • Dsouther

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

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