An indoor vertical garden, also known as a green wall or a living wall, is a garden grown vertically against a wall using panels or stackable planters to hold the plants. The plants can grow in soil, in a substrate, along a trellis, or hydroponically in water. They are ideal for small spaces as they take up no floor space yet still provide all the benefits that a large garden can offer. They’re great for air purification, can provide fresh herbs and vegetables, and can be an absolutely stunning piece of decor.
Let’s go over the basics on how to grow your own indoor vertical garden:
What Will You Grow?
You can grow almost anything in a vertical garden but there are a few factors that should be considered. Where is your vertical garden going to grow and how much light will it receive? Will you be planting larger plants amongst smaller ones and will the smaller plants still have access to sunlight? Can your vertical garden structure support the weight of the vegetables you are trying to grow? Determining exactly what you would like to grow will give you a better idea of what type of vertical garden framework to use.
Using Vertical Garden Planters
A very simple way to grow your vertical garden is to use vertical garden planters. You can DIY your own pots out of wood, use other upcycled materials, or you can purchase a pre-made vertical wall planter.
Pocketed Wall Panel
An excellent option is a pocketed wall panel to plant your garden in. They’re available in many different sizes and are usually stackable to allow you to customize the size of your garden with multiple panels.
When using these panels, it’s a good idea to put a water resistant layer of plastic between the planter and your wall to avoid any water damage to your home.
Pocketed Wall Panel
Another great option is a set of wall mounted hanging pots. Essentially, these are just individual pots that are able to be hung on the wall. Your plants would require the same care in this set up as they would in a regular free-standing pot.
Multiple pots grouped together on the wall can create enough foliage that the pots become hidden and only a living wall is visible. Some of these vertical planter kits are even self-watering, which means even less work for you.
Growing an Indoor Vertical Herb Garden
Many herbs love getting a lot of sun and you’ll often use these herbs while cooking so it only makes sense to grow your herb garden in your kitchen window. Windowsills offer very limited space so try using a hanging vertical garden design to get the most of that prime, sunny real estate.
Upside Down Hanging Planter
There are plenty of DIY vertical garden ideas to suspend your plants in front of a window but a fun and unique option is upside down hanging planters. Suspend these at varying heights in front of your kitchen window and you’ll be able to just reach up and pick your herbs as you need them.
Hanging Window Shelves
Another option is to place a hanging window shelf in front of your kitchen window and pop your herbs onto the shelves in individual pots. This will save you plenty of windowsill space while allowing you to grow a massive herb farm in a wonderfully convenient location.
Growing an Indoor Vertical Succulent Garden
How to Easily Frame Your Succulents
Creating a succulent garden within a picture frame can be a fun and gorgeous DIY vertical garden project. You’ll need an old picture frame, a shadow box, a mesh wire screen, some potting soil, and a bunch of various succulents or cuttings.
You can build the shadow box yourself and affix the mesh screen and frame with some wood glue and nails, or you can buy a pre-made frame and just get straight to planting your succulents.
Once you have a completed frame, pack it with potting soil and start popping your succulents into the soil. You can use a wire cutter to clip away pieces of the mesh screen where the succulents will need more room to fit in. Make sure they are firmly in place so everything stays put when you hang it on the wall. Once your picture frame is completely filled with various succulents, hang your masterpiece and give it a heavy misting of water from a spray bottle every few days.
Growing an Indoor Vertical Vegetable Garden
A vertical vegetable garden could be grown using any vertical garden technique, but an interesting way to grow your tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, and squash is with the use of a trellis. You can situate your pots on the ground, counter, shelf, or secure your pots right onto your walls at varying heights. You could buy trellis or netting to help with this or you can build your own DIY trellis from anything sturdy enough to support your garden.
Whether you buy a trellis or make your own, you’ll need to ensure that the staking is strong enough to support whatever you’re trying to grow and the pots are deep enough to support them.
Peas and beans will be very light and won’t need much support.
Tomatoes and cucumbers will need a fairly sturdy trellis to grow on and may need a little help with climbing. You can tie their branches to the trellis to encourage them to grow upwards.
If you choose to grow squash, it’s best to stick with the smaller varieties and still your plants may require some additional support from a nylon sling to support their weight as they grow.
Now You’re Ready to Grow Your Own Indoor Vertical Garden!
You can grow pretty much anything in an indoor vertical garden that you could grow outside in a garden bed. If your plants have ample support, light, water, and nutrients, there’s no reason they won’t grow on a living wall. If you don’t have sufficient natural light and you desperately want to grow light-loving plants, look into using grow lights for indoor plants and you’ll be able to grow almost anything you’d like.