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4 Vertical Vegetable Garden Ideas

Vertical gardens are a popular trend among homeowners and professional garden landscapers. The unique feature is ideal for those with limited space or looking to upgrade their garden in a fun and unique way.

An increasing number of people are discovering the physical, mental and environmental benefits of growing their own fruits and vegetables. However, not everyone has the space or the budget for a vegetable patch or allotment. Even if you’re short on space and with limited resources, you can still grow a selection of nutrient-rich and delicious foods at home using an innovative vertical plant garden.

There are multiple ways to design a vertical vegetable garden. In this post I’m sharing the four best ideas.

Pallet vertical vegetable gardens

If you want your vertical vegetable garden to be slightly more organised, you can use pallets. A wooden pallet enables you to separate different plants. Not only does this enhance the fragrance and visuals of your plant selection, but the wooden frame provides a rustic aesthetic and eye-catching feature. 

I recommend using pallets to grow herbs, as these don’t require an abundance of space. In addition to herbs, salad greens, bush beans and dwarf peas will happily grow in the pallet’s compact space.

Build your palette with wood from the local DIY store or source and repurpose an old wooden palette. Before you begin planting your vegetables, make sure your palette is mounted securely and in a suitable space with enough light exposure and is easily accessible for watering and maintenance. 

Vegetable climber plants

Keep things wild in your garden with climbing plants. Using an existing wall in your outdoor space, encourage climbing plants, such as tomatoes, peas and cucumbers to cover the wall. As these plants grow, your wall will begin to disappear, being replaced by natural beauty and fresh produce. 

This classic vertical garden style is low maintenance and transforms your garden into an enchanting outdoor space. If you don’t have a suitable wall or require extra support, you can use a trellis and wire to help keep your plants growing happily upright.

Unique objects as planters

Add a modern feel to your space with an abstract vertical garden. Using unusual items as planters, you can create a one of a kind vertical vegetable garden that perfectly reflects your unique interior style.

Popular planters include tin cans, mugs/teacups and colanders.  Paint and alter these items to suit your garden’s colour and theme, or keep them in their original form for a more authentic feel. 

Using nails, you can mount your unusual plant pots onto a wooden frame or the existing wall to create a vertical plant garden. Not only does this make an incredible feature wall that no one will bypass, but it means you can have several varieties of vegetables in your vertical garden.

Similar to palettes, it’s likely your planter will be compact, meaning you’ll need to pot vegetables or herbs that don’t require much space. You can pick planters with more space for growing, just make sure you’re able to securely fasten these vertically onto your wall or frame.

Stack crate for root vegetable plants

Another vertical plant garden design that has a rustic feel is wooden crate stacking. Using wooden crates as large planters, you can build an assorted plant garden. The depth and width of the crates make them ideal for those wanting to create an edible vertical plant garden with more variety.

Inside these crates, you can grow vegetables that enjoy being underground. Radishes, onions, garlic and beets will happily grow under the soil in a wooden crate. Choosing to grow these plants will demand more maintenance and attention, but it’s a great solution to growing underground plants when you don’t have the floor space.

It’s important to note, not all root vegetables will grow in a crate. I recommend avoiding potatoes, carrots and parsnips as your crate won’t be deep enough for these.


If you want to eat better, do better, and pay more attention to your outdoor space, you can create a vertical vegetable garden. Using the increasingly popular vertical plant garden design, you can begin growing your favourite vegetables without having to compromise on space. First, decide what veg you’d like to grow, then pick the vertical garden idea that suits your outdoor space and growing requirements. Not only will you have delicious fresh vegetables to eat, but you’ll also have a one of a kind feature that adds personality and interest into your garden landscape.


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