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How to Create a Vertical Garden for Small Spaces

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a vertical garden to maximize space for a homeowner


  1. Start by assembling the planter following the instructions that come with the kit.
  2. Add soil to the base of all the pots.
  3. Plant/transplant desired plants and herbs, keeping the taller, heavier plants in the bottom pots and smaller, lighter herbs toward the top.
  4. Give everything a good watering and be sure the planter remains in a location with plenty of sunlight.

Jenn suggests that when you’re working with a small space, using vertical elements will allow you to maximize the use of that space.

The vertical garden Jenn installed is called the Vertical Garden System, which is manufactured by MyGarden Post. It can be ordered either with or without the automatic drip irrigation Jenn demonstrated in the workshop afterward.

This homeowner had some pepper and tomato plants that were doing well, so Jenn transplanted those. The other plants she added included rosemary, basil, kale, and lettuce. These can be found at nurseries and some home centers depending on the time of year. The soil Jenn used to fill the pots can also be found at home centers.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Nawada Landscape Design.