How to Build a Vertical Garden or Living Wall

Vertical gardens are turning into a great way to decorate buildings, increase insulation, and fill a garden with wonderful growing things even in a small space. The concept has grown with the popularity of landscaping ecologically. So now there are ways to make the installation of a living wall easier than ever. Here is some information on vertical gardens and how to build them:

1. It is important to understand what a vertical garden is. The concept is a way to build soil that actually goes UP a wall and offers a footing for plant roots. Water washes down with gravity minimizing waste and allows the plant to grow along the wall vertically as if it were a planting area on the ground.

2. One can build his own living wall by creating a frame that will hold soil in steps going upward. It can be structured so it covers a block wall, a single panel or the side of a building. Against a building, a living wall will work the same as a green roof in providing insulation. Like a green roof, it is important to include an efficient waterproof barrier to prevent water seepage or mold in the building walls. Vertical gardens are also heavy so weight must be taken into consideration during construction.

Modular system is the most easiest and effective for developing and maintaining a green wall/vertical garden. The design is simple and handy and is explained as follows:

Modular System

 VertiGarden lends itself to creative gardening. It can be used as a single unit, or as linked modules to create a unique display.

Each VertiGarden Module is 500mm x 400mm with a depth of about 90mm (20″ x 16″ x 3″). A module comprises of an outer metal frame, a grow tray and lid, a mesh top and an inline internal irrigation system.

To ensure an even distribution of plants in your Vertical Garden, the VertiGarden grow tray is divided internally into four sections each having its own two inline drippers and drainage. 16 plants and 10 litres of good quality compost are required for each module.




The VertiGarden Module


The VertiGarden Module has been designed to provide an easy to use, versatile and re-useable vertical growing system. It can grow a wide range of plants; ornamental and edible, annual and perennial.

Use VertiGarden to Create a colourful, seasonal Vertical garden by planting in spring and autumn to provide colour during summer and winter.

VertiGarden modules can easily be replanted and will last for many seasons. They’re quick and easy to hang, so you can be growing your winter module ready to replace the summer one at the appropriate time.


VertiGarden Irrigation


When growing and establishing plants in the VertiGarden module, laid flat in the horizontal position, the plants are easily watered over-head with a watering can. Once the VertiGarden is hung in the Vertical Position, you can then make use of the internal irrigation system included with each module, as explained in more detail below.

The modular system we use has an irrigation line which is bedded in to the compost when you put your VertiGarden together. This irrigation “string” is a 4.6 pipe with 8 drippers that supply water directly to the roots. Modules can be linked together so the water flows from one module to another.

There needs to be a water supply to this internal system. The water tank will feed up to 2 modules, but for larger displays, we use an irrigation kit to connect a pressure regulated (to 1.5 bar) water supply directly to the internal irrigation string. This kit supplies the pressure regulator and fittings required to convert from a normal Tap or Hose to the small bore pipe used in the irrigation.


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