Urban living situates you in areas are that are highly developed and fast-paced. Most probably you are surrounded with a density of human structures such as buildings, houses, railways, bridges, and roads. The big difference between urban and country life is that living in the city depends on almost entirely upon money.
Agricultural products are grown in the countryside and have to be transported into the city since there are no means of planting their own crops due to limited land space. That being said, those living in an urban area usually end up paying for these goods for a higher price.
If you are living in a limited space property and you are looking to grow your own vegetables or plant some pretty blooms, try vertical gardening or make your own grow box. Depending on the size that you think will fit your space, you can buy a preassembled frame or plant box or you can opt to DIY a grow box.
Building a vertical garden in which you can grow plants is one way to maximize use of the space you have in your urban home.
- U-shaped nails
- Staple gun
- 35 feet of 2×4 boards
- Chicken wire
- 11 feet of 3 ¼ PVC pipes
- Landscape fabric that’s water permeable
- Bamboo tepee
- Organic soil
- Seeds or plants
- 4 32 inch pieces
- 4 17 inch pieces
- 4 21 inch pieces
- 4 24 inch pieces
1. Cut the 2×4 boards to make
2. Cut the PVC pipes to make 4 31 inch pieces
3. Drill holes along the length of the pipes that’s 4 inches apart
4. Start building the frame by connecting 2 of the 32 inch pieces and 2 of the 17 inch pieces of boards. Drill the boards together in a diagonal fashion
5. Make 2 rectangles then using the 21 inch pieces to connect them together to make a skeleton for your plant box
6. Attach 4 of the 24 inch pieces of boards as the foot support of your grow box. Make slots for water to drain easily.
7. Using U-shape nails, fasten the chicken wires really tight to the outside of your grow box. Secure the wires tightly to make sure that it’s strong enough to hold the soil
8. Line the inside of your box with the landscape fabric; secure it with a staple gun
9. Tack the burlap over the chicken wire
10. Before you fill the box with soil, cut some holes on the burlap. Make at least 12 holes per side
11. Cut the chicken wires where you made holes
12. Attach the casters at the bottom of your box
13. Before you fill the box with soil, just put in a few inches then put the PVC pipes at the center of each side
14. Fill the box with more soil
15. Place the bamboo tepee on top
16. Put in your plants and seeds; fill up all the sides with your desired plant to grow such as herbs and vegetables
Setting up a vertical garden in your small yard is a wonderful thing to do. This DIY grow box may seem complicated, but once completed, getting it up and running should be effortless.