Designing a Vegetable Wall Garden

Get creative by planting vegetable seeds in small containers and lining an outdoor wall.

Brick Garden Wall

Brick Garden Wall

Photo by: DK - Gardening Step by Step © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Gardening Step by Step , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Vertical space is often underused, but it has great potential in small gardens, increasing the space for growing a range of crops. Attaching pots of herbs and bush varieties of vegetables to a sturdy wire mesh can turn a bare sunny wall into a riot of color, and they are simple to care for and convenient to harvest. Vigorous climbing beans, squashes, and nasturtiums can be planted in large containers at the base of the wall and are easy to train up the mesh for a fabulous, lush display.

Planting Your Garden

Place containers in a sunny location with a wall or fence as a backdrop. Use a light, multipurpose potting mix in containers. Consider a variety of plants, such as: 

  • Eggplant ‘Mohican’ 
  • Basil ‘Sweet Genovese’, ‘Red Rubin’ 
  • Tomato ‘Tumbling Tom Red’ 
  • Cucumber ‘Masterpiece’ 
  • Zucchini ‘Tromboncino’ 
  • Runner bean ‘Wisley Magic’ 

Planting and Aftercare

Attach wood battens to the wall and secure a sturdy wire mesh to them. Drill holes in the sides of plastic pots and window boxes and thread galvanized wire through them before planting. After the risk of frost has passed, fill the pots with a lightweight potting mix, plant with hardened-off plants, secure pots to the mesh, and arrange larger ones at the base of the wall. Leave space for plants to develop, and train climbing crops up the mesh. Water the plants frequently because they will dry out rapidly in their exposed position. Tie in climbing plants as they grow, and harvest frequently to encourage further crops.

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