4 Amazing Vertical Garden Designs For Growing Veggies In Any Space

Do you want to test out your green thumb but think you don’t have space for a garden?

You’re not alone.

Most of the world’s population is concentrated in urban areas…which aren’t exactly ideal for the traditional garden. Even if you find yourself with little more than a small patch of lawn, or maybe even only a fire escape, you can still start your very own garden.

How? Vertical gardening!


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Now, On To The Gardens…

  • Self Watering Vertical Garden
    Low Tech Magazine has a vertical garden idea that involves little more than empty 2 liters and a piece of plywood. Their plans include instructions on how to implement a self watering system into this garden, but that’s completely optional.

    Thanks to my friend Derek Makham (@DerekMarkham on Twitter) for sharing this one with me.

  • Gardening In An Old Pair of Jeans
    Got some old pants that have outlived their usefulness? Turn them into a vertical garden!
  • Hanging Shoe Organizer Turned Garden
    You don’t really need all of those shoes do you? Donate them to Goodwill and follow Green Upgrader’s instructions to use the hanging shoe organizer as a garden. It’s practically made for such a task!
  • Step It On Up
    Sometimes you just want to get your hands a little dirty. If you’re more of a DIYer, like me, then this stair step-ish vertical garden design from WebEcoist may be your gardening dream come true.

Do you garden in a small space? If so, please share your setup here in the comments.

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  • http://lovingnaturesgarden.com/ Alison Kerr

    These all look great, though I think the stair solution would be the best one for a hot climate, such as I have on my back deck in Eastern Kansas, where small volumes of potting compost just get too hot and dry out too quickly.

    I’ve seen 5 gallons recommended as the minimum container size. I’m trying 5 gallon bakery buckets this year.

    • http://www.EcoSnobberySucks.com Jeffrey Davis

      That’s a great point about how more soil volume will help it not dry out as quickly. Excellent point! Thanks so much alison!

  • Anonymous

    I live on an acreage and previously chose to grow gardens in traditional garden patches. However, 5 years ago I discovered grow bags and the joys of container gardening. I have a huge deck and that’s where I have been doing my gardening ever since. One can grow an amazing variety and abundance of great veggies in a small space and avoid the back breaking labor involved in having a garden patch.

  • J Burris

    Thanks for posting. I use the Aria vertical garden system from EvoOrganic. It’s beautiful and is super easy to use. It even has built in irrigation so I don’t have to worry about watering!

    • http://www.EcoSnobberySucks.com Jeffrey Davis

      Glad you liked the ideas here J. I’ll definitely check out the EvoOrganic

  • http://www.hydra-bio.com/grease-traps-septic-tanks/bio-growth.html Plant grow

    I have also limited space in my house for gardening. I’ve used woolly pocket for vertical gardening, but I would want to try this stair step-ish vertical garden design that you are recommending.