How To Create A Vertical Garden

Project Overview

Follow this step-by-step guide to create a beautiful thriving garden in even the smallest backyard.


1 Pallet
3 extra timber slats
Roll of weedmat
3 1/2 bags of potting mix
60-70 pots of plants (edible plants are not appropriate)
Box of Staples
Staple Gun
Garden Gloves


Staple Gun
Garden Gloves

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare pallet
2 Cut and staple
3 Turn and position
4 Start planting
5 Check and rest
6 Secure and finish
  • Step 1. Prepare pallet

    Use an old pallet that is in good condition and sand down any rough areas on the pallet and secure any loose nails. Attach the three extra timber slats to the back of the pallet.
  • Step 2. Cut and staple

    Cut the weed mat to cover the back, sides and bottom of the pallet. Staple the weed mat to the pallet, starting at the top. Smooth the weed mat across the pallet and ensure it is kept taut at all times. Staples should be approximately 1-2 inches apart. (Keep the top and front uncovered as this is where the plants will go).
  • Step 3. Turn and position

    Once the weed mat is firmly attached to the top, sides and bottom, flip the pallet over so the open side of the pallet is exposed. Move the pallet close to where it will eventually be secured to the wall.
  • Step 4. Start planting

    Place the first row of plants in the top of the pallet, placing them very tightly together. Fill the pallet with the potting mix, pushing it through the slats and compacting it in with your hands. Plant the remainder of the pallet by making a trench in the potting mix in each pallet row. Ensure plants are tightly fitted into each space, working your way up or down the pallet. (Please note edible plants are not appropriate for this project).
  • Step 5. Check and rest

    Once you have finished, the plants should cover all openings in the pallet, allowing no room for soil to escape. Leave the pallet lying down for a week to allow roots to establish and hold soil in place.
  • Step 6. Secure and finish

    Move the pallet vertically into place and secure to the wall. Enjoy your new vertical garden and ensure you water regularly.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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