Posted 5th Jul 2016
With outdoor space at a premium in many homes, a vertical garden is the perfect solution for plant loving DIY’ers craving a slice of nature
At least 1 m wide wall, just under 2 m tall
List of materials
- 2 pieces of roughly sawn slabs, each 3 m long (width of 120 mm x thickness of 21 mm)
- Pressure-treated wood (these can be cut to 5 individual 1 m long pieces at a DIY store)
- 10 countersunk head wood screws (5 x 70 mm)
- 10 dowels (8 mm)
- 30 roundhead wood screws (4 x 18 mm) for the gutter ledges
- 5 semicircular gutter pieces, in white or a similar color, 1 m long
- 10 fascia brackets
- 10 gutter end pieces
- Bosch AQT 33-11 high pressure washer (RRP £74.99)
- Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless drill driver (RRP xx)
- Bosch PLR 50C digital laser measuring tool (RRP xx)
- Bosch Quigo + digital laser levelling tool (RRP xx)
8mm masonry drill bit
8 mm wood drill bit
4 mm wood drill bit
Time required: Approximately 2 hours
The wall which you have selected to mount the vertical garden on should be thoroughly cleaned in advance so that it looks even more impressive later. The best way to do this is using a high pressure washer such as the Bosch AQT 33-11 pressure washer. This compact machine thoroughly cleans the wall and removes even the most stubborn dirt and grime.
Before you drill the hole pattern to the wall for the vertical garden, start by pre-drilling the wooden strips, each centred at 20 cm from the edge – make two holes for each strip, ideally using a 4 mm wood drill bit. Repeat this process for each of the five strips. The Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless drill driver, which is also capable of drilling the holes in the brick wall afterwards, is the perfect tool for this.
Now position the wooden strips on the wall (make sure they are horizontal using digital measuring/levelling tools such the Bosch PLR 50 C digital laser measuring tool or the Bosch Quigo + digital laser levelling tool), transfer the drill holes to the wall using a pencil and drill into the wall using an 8 mm masonry drill bit.
Start with the bottom strip – the distance between the strips should be approximately 30 cm and the distance from the ground should be approximately 35 cm. Finally, place the dowels.
Once all of the dowels are countersunk in the holes, proceed to screw on the strips. The Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless drill driver is also perfect for this, and will quickly and securely attach the strips that will support the gutters to the wall.
The gutters need to be kept firmly in place to support the weight of the plants. To achieve this solid structure, screw to each wooden strip two gutter brackets leaving a 25cm gap from the edge using the Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless drill driver.
Now that the gutters are transformed into planters, a few more preparations need to be undertaken and then your vertical garden will be complete.
Excess water should be able to flow freely out of the gutters housing the plants, so that the plants don’t absorb too much water, potentially affecting them achieving their full growth potential. To enable this, drill five holes into each of the gutters using the 8 mm drill bit; these are used as drain holes and prevent waterlogging to eliminate mold and to prevent rotting. Then attach the gutter end pieces and seal them with a suitable adhesive if necessary.
Finally add nutrient-rich potting soil and insert the plants you like. Keep in mind that your plants require sufficient space to be able to grow. Then simply hang the newly planted gutters on the brackets and your vertical garden is complete!
Tutorial courtesy of Bosch