DIY a Vertical Veggie Garden and Save Yourself Tons of Space

If you’re living that apartment life or are short on outdoor space, we have the best news: you don’t need a big plot of land to grow your vegetables. Instead, make your garden thrive vertically!

Though you can’t grow every type of veggie on this wall (TBH, tomatoes might be too heavy for this design), this clever setup makes a perfect home for lettuce, kale, cabbage, and herbs. It’s perfect for your balcony garden!

Vertical Veggie Garden

What You Need:

  • Wooden pallet
  • Landscape fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Plywood, the same size as the wooden pallet
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Two 1″ x 4″ cuts of wood
  • Exterior paint
  • Paint brush
  • Potting soil
  • Box cutter
  • Your favorite vegetables


1. Staple the Landscape Fabric

Flip your wooden pallet over so the back faces up. Place the landscape fabric into the pallet and staple it against the inside of the front panels. Please make sure to include the sides as well to secure it.

2. Build the Box

Screw a piece of plywood to the back of the pallet. Then screw a 1″ x 4″ cut of wood to the bottom, as shown in the video.

3. Make It Pretty

Cover the wood with exterior paint. Let it dry completely.

4. Fill It With Soil

Turn the pallet vertically, and the open end faces up. Fill the space behind the landscape fabric with soil. Pack it tightly, then screw another 1″ x 4″ cut of wood to the top.

5. Prep for the Veggies

Using a box cutter, cut a small X in the landscape fabric where you want to plant a vegetable. Repeat this for each plant. Be sure to leave plenty of room between each X for the greens to grow!

6. Plant Your Garden

Plant your desired veggies and prop your pallet against a sunny wall!

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10 Responses to “DIY a Vertical Veggie Garden and Save Yourself Tons of Space”

  1. Mary Borgognone

    Does any one know if you can grow other non leafy vegetables…like carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, peas, and beans etc using this method.

  2. Onifade Omobosede

    I'm interested in having my own garden


    <strong>support I get that this is an instructional article but at the same time step 2 says: "as shown in the video". Please either add the missing video or correct the article.

  4. Sandra Carter

    Love this idea

  5. Linda McMasters

    Where’s the video?

  6. Andrea

    The video is missing. How can I see the video that explains all steps?

  7. Marg Tulett

    We need more instructions than shown. What is a pallet? What is it made of and how big is it? What is .landscape fabric? A video would be a big help.

  8. Meryl Dorey

    It looks like there is supposed to be a video here but I don't see it. Is it possible to see if it somehow dropped off of the page? I would love to do this project. Thanks :-)

  9. Suthon Somjana

    How can I get the seeds

  10. Reomero Roopsingh