Create a vertical garden with guttering

 
Suitable for small gardens and balconies
How to create a vertical garden with guttering

Who said that gardens always have to be planted horizontally? Exactly: no one. So why not repurpose a few lengths of guttering to create a fragrant garden wall, offering plenty of room for different herbs, wild flowers and even lettuce?

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    Other accessories:

    • Masonry drill bit: 8 mm
    • Wood drill bit: 8 mm
    • Wood drill bit: 4 mm
    • Bosch PLL 1-p Laser Spirit Level

    Required materials:

    • Pencil
    • Wooden boards, rough from sawing and waterproofed
    • Countersunk wood screws
    • Wall plugs
    • Round head wood screws for guttering brackets
    • Semi-circular lengths of guttering, e.g in white
    • Guttering brackets
    • Guttering caps
    • Potting soil
    • Plants

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    Item

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    Designation

    Length

    Width

    Thickness

    Material

    0

    Pencil

    1

    5

    Wooden boards, rough from sawing and waterproofed

    120 mm

    21 mm

    3 mm

    Spruce

    2

    10

    Countersunk wood screws

    70 mm

    5 mm

    3

    10

    Wall plugs

    8 mm

    4

    30

    Round head wood screws for guttering brackets

    18 mm

    4 mm

    5

    5

    Semi-circular lengths of guttering, e.g in white

    1 m

    6

    10

    Guttering brackets

    7

    10

    Guttering caps

    1

    Clean the wall and pre-drill the boards

    What you need: high-pressure washer, cordless combi drill, 4 mm wood drill bit, wooden boards

    Now things are going to get a bit dirty! To help accentuate your garden wall, you first need to clean your chosen area – very thoroughly. For the best results, we recommend using a high-pressure washer, which will clean gently, yet thoroughly, removing even the most stubborn marks and stains. Before you move onto the next step – drilling holes into the wall – first drill holes in the centre of the boards, around 20 cm from the edge. We recommend drilling two holes per board, ideally with a 4 mm wood drill bit. Repeat this step for all five boards. The cordless combi drill is the perfect tool for the job, as you can also use it afterwards to drill into the brick wall.

    1 - Clean the wall and pre-drill the boards
    Clean the wall and pre-drill the boards

    2

    Drill holes into the wall and insert the wall plugs

    What you need: spirit level, masonry drill bit: 8mm, pencil, wall plugs, boards

    Now position the boards on the wall. Use a spirit level or laser rangefinder to check that the boards are straight. Mark the drill holes on the wall in pencil. Then, drill the holes using an 8 mm masonry drill bit, starting with the bottom board. The boards should be spaced around 30 cm apart and should start about 35 cm above the ground. Finally, insert the wall plugs into the holes to secure your vertical garden in place.

    Tips for choosing a drill bit:

    Choosing the right drill bit for your wall depends on the type of wall you have. Knock on the wall with your hand or a hammer. Do you hear a hollow sound? If so, your wall is probably made from plasterboard, aerated concrete or wood. Is the sound dull or muffled? This means your wall is a solid wall made from natural stone or concrete. Ask your DIY store which drill bit is best for your wall. If you’re unsure, you can do a small test using a thin drill bit in a concealed area of the wall.

    2 - Drill holes into the wall and insert the wall plugs
    Drill holes into the wall and insert the wall plugs

    3

    Screw on the boards and secure the brackets

    What you need: spirit level, cordless combi drill, guttering, boards

    Once you’ve inserted all the wall plugs into the holes, it’s time to screw on the boards. To do this, use the cordless combi drill again. While you’re working hard screwing things in, this is the perfect time to secure the guttering brackets. You have to make sure that your vertical garden is stable, which means each length of guttering needs to be supported by the brackets you’ll fix to the boards in this step. Screw in the guttering brackets around 25 cm from the edge of each board using the cordless combi drill.

    3 - Screw on the boards and secure the brackets
    Screw on the boards and secure the brackets

    4

    Drill drainage holes

    What you need: wood drill bit: 8mm, masonry drill bit: 8mm, cordless glue gun, guttering

    You can now transform the guttering into planters to create your vertical garden. To make sure your plants can really flourish in their future home, you still have a little bit more preparation to do, namely by making sure that excess water can drain from the guttering planters. To do this, use the 8 mm drill bit to drill five holes in each length of guttering. These holes will form a drainage system and help to avoid waterlogging and prevent rotting and mould. For metal guttering, we recommend that you use a metal drill bit, while a wood or metal drill bit will make short work of plastic guttering. Then, attach the end caps and potentially seal them with hot glue to make them watertight (guttering systems vary – some are already watertight on purchase).

    DIY tip:

    If you add small stones or pottery fragments to your guttering before filling it with soil, make sure that you don’t block the drainage holes.

    4 - Drill drainage holes
    Drill drainage holes

    5

    Plant your vertical garden

    What you need: potting soil, your choice of plants

    So, you’ve created your vertical garden, but it’s looking a bit sparse. Do you prefer rosemary, lamb’s lettuce or lavender? You can plant your vertical garden to suit your own botanical tastes – according to the season and your mood. We recommend that you fill the guttering with nutrient-rich potting soil, then add your chosen plants, ideally with enough room between seedlings for them to grow and flourish. Then lightly water them. You can now place the planted guttering into the guttering brackets – and your vertical garden is complete!

    Tip for forward-planners:

    Because guttering isn’t very deep, try to choose plants that grow horizontally. Not only will it look beautiful, it will help you make the most of your limited space.

    5 - Plant your vertical garden
    Plant your vertical garden



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