How Much Does a Vertical Garden Cost?

There is a wide range when it comes to the cost of vertical gardens. People can build their own using free or recycled materials, they can have wall planters built for them or they can purchase pre-made vertical garden kits. So how much does a vertical garden cost?

Costs typically include:

  • The Planter
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Optional: Drip Watering System

Just Getting Started? Check Out Pocket Planters…

For people who are just getting started with vertical gardening, pocket planters can be an easy way to start. They require minimal set-up, and they provide a healthy living environment for plants so that you can achieve a thriving living wall with minimal effort.

Self-Watering Pocket Garden

The cost will depend on the brand, quality and size of the planter you buy. Prices start at under $10 and go over $100. Some of the softer felt pouches will be cheaper, and waterproof versions get more expensive. You can even get large recycled plastic self-watering pockets for about $12 when purchased in 4-packs. This is actually a great deal for those looking for a low-maintenance garden without the expense of installing a drip watering system.

A nice advantage to using pockets is that they can be purchased individually or in small groups, and you can add more later to increase the size of your garden or even create and entire wall of plants. This means that gardeners don’t have to invest a lot of money to get started.

Since the pocket planters are smaller in size, they are easier to move. Large wood-framed planters are typically permanent and not meant to be moved.

On a Budget? Use Recycle Plastic Bottles or Shipping Pallets…

Many gardeners on a budget use recycled plastic bottles or wood shipping pallets to create custom vertical gardens. Although not as “designer-looking”, they carry their own charm and style, especially in a rustic environment.

In this case, the planter materials can usually be acquired for free, so the only cost is the plants and soil themselves (and maybe some weed fabric paint/stain for the wood pallet). EpicGardening.com shows how to build a pallet garden for just $30.

Shipping pallets can be attached to a wall or sturdy fence – or they can stand alone. Joe Lamp’l of the TV series Growing a Greener World has photos and shows steps on how to make your own pallet garden that would be perfect for growing herbs right by a kitchen window.

Other cool DIY vertical garden ideas include gutter gardens, using metal ducts or PVC pipes, mailboxes, hanging regular old flower pots and more.

What About Indoors?

Indoor vertical gardens can be a little trickier to build yourself because you want to ensure that they don’t leak water or ruin your wall. The best option here can be vertical garden kits, which range in price as well. The good news is that you can get some really cool ones for less than $50.

Indoor Vertical Garden Kit by Vertibloom
$40 Vertibloom Indoor Vertical Garden Kit

For example, Vertibloom makes a modular planter system starter kit which is easy to install and is mess-free. Similar to pocket planters, these kits are sold individually, but gardeners can get multiple kits to create a larger wall garden. This is perfect for a kitchen herb garden, by the way!

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Growing Lettuce Made Easy: Vertical Hydroponics

Growing plants, herbs and vegetables vertically is a very efficient way to grow lots of greens in a small amount of space. However, we can make gardening even easier, more convenient and less time-consuming with vertical hydroponics!

Foody Vertical Hydroponics System IndoorsThis is fun – there are even super easy hydroponics kits for this!

And don’t worry if you are a beginner to this style of gardening (like me). The sections of this “Hydroponic Tower” fit together like puzzle pieces, the watering system runs automatically and the plants don’t require any soil.

You don’t need to connect a bunch of pipe fittings together or install a pump or take care of a bunch of fish. In fact, this is the perfect way to get started growing plants without soil.

And guess what? If you have enough light inside, you can grow lettuce, vegetables, herbs and plants indoors year-round!

Not only is it simple to set up and use, space-efficient and extremely functional, it’s unique design makes it pleasing to look at. I’m not saying that it’s a piece of art… but I am definitely not shy to show it off in my home.

Check out how it works:


Foody Vertical Gardening Towers

But wait! There’s more than one type of Foody Vertical Garden. There are 3. You will most likely prefer one over the other, depending on your gardening needs. I’ll tell you what they’ve got so you don’t get confused and get the wrong one:

1. Their cheapest version, the “Foody 8 Tower” is actually not a hydroponics garden. It uses soil and is labeled as their “starter” system. Starter for what, I’m not sure, but it’s not hydroponics.

2. Their second model is a water-based planter. This the “Foody 8 Hydroponic Tower” It is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, but if you want to use it outdoors, this is your best choice. Why? because it better protects plant roots from temperature fluctuations.

3. The third option is their “Foody 12 Hydroponic Tower”, which is best for indoor use and allows for the most food/plant production. It has more growing space for plant roots as well as removable plant net pots for easier gardening.

Vertical Hydroponics Kits

Lettuces are known for growing extremely well in water-based gardens (and if you’ve ever tried hydroponic lettuce you know how good it tastes!), but there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that you can grow in them.

This video gives a good idea of the different types of vegetables that can be grown in the Foody…


Bok Choy, Radish, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Spinach, Chinese Kale, Snap Peas, Cucumber, Raddicio and more…

If you’re like me, you were excited about this unit after reading just the first few paragraphs and watching the video. I mean, a vertical garden and hydroponics planter in one – plus instructions on how to get started and a fail-proof system? Sign me up!

But wait – there’s actually more. No I’m not kidding.

Hydroponics Automatic Watering SystemThese water gardens automatically circulate the water for you, so the plants are constantly receiving nutrients and therefore grow bigger and faster (without you having to tend to them continuously).

For example, the Foody 8 and 12 Hydroponic systems include a magnetic drive pump, all piping and tubing, 4 growing pods, a base tank with two access lids, outdoor certified electronic timer, emitter, net pots, wicks, instructions and more. Once set up, your only job is monitoring salt and pH levels in the water.

Another cool feature is that the planters have anti-oxidant and UV reduction elements that reduce the growth of algae. If you’ve ever tried growing plants without soil (in clear plastic soda bottles, for example), you already know that algae growth can present a big problem, not only looking gross but stealing nutrients from the plants you’re trying to grow. But the Foody takes care of this for you.

If you also want a plant nutrient starter kit, indoor grow light or automatic drive system that rotates the planter for optimal light exposure (indoors), they are available separately.

The Foody 8 can hold 40 plants and the Foody 12 can hold 44 plants, so get ready to start eating!

 

Pocket Vertical Planter that’s… Horizontal?

The Vertical Planter that's Horizontal?Here’s a vertical garden that’s just a little different. Yes, it hangs vertically, but instead of being a long, tall planter – it’s a wide, horizontal planter, that hangs vertically (if that makes sense).

Where Do You Put It?

This pocket planter is perfect for areas such as porch railings, outside windows (like a window box, pocket-style) or along a wall or fence where you prefer a garden that spreads across rather than down. If you have limited backyard space, this can work well.

Of course, lining up several of these pocket planters one above the other is an easy way to create a living wall too. Some people even use them on chain link fences to add some privacy, a little greenery and, well, a nicer looking fence.

How Do You Hang It?

The pocket comes with sturdy metal grommets. You can attach it a variety of ways, depending on what you want to attach it to. One option is to hang the grommets on hooks, nails or screws. Another way to do it is use zip-ties (these work best on something like a chain link fence).

Is it Really Only 1 Pocket?

The “Pocket” (yes, this item is labeled as a 1-pocket planter) actually is divided into 4 sections. But it is technically one pocket.

What’s the Size?

Easy. 42″ long.

What Do I Like About It?

Pocket Planter in the KitchenIn short, I’m a big fan of pocket planters. They are un-complicated, easy to hang and lightweight.

These pockets are designed from recycled material (plastic bottles actually!), so you can feel guilt-free about using them.

They are super easy and convenient, making gardening a lot more fun because there are less hassles to deal with. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to try out vertical gardening, pocket planters are the way to go because they require less work and are not so intimidating as other types of bigger, heavier and bulkier containers.

They are made with a breathable felt fabric that somehow retains moisture but keeps excess water away from plants. (I don’t know exactly how it works, but it does.)

This way, plants are less likely to suffer from over-watering or under-watering. Healthier plants means a better-looking garden with less work, and I’m all for that. It’s a brilliant concept, especially for those of us who aren’t the best gardeners in the world.

On top of that, these have a waterproof backing, so you can also use them indoors. They make great herb gardens and office planters – of if you want to add some life to a bathroom, they look cool there too.

Mix-and-Match?

Mix and Match Pocket PlantersThis product is part of the vertical grow bag line from Invigorated Living. They make different sizes and shapes of these pocket planters, so you can mix and match different types to custom-fit them to your space.

Since they essentially have the same look and feel, using different sizes together doesn’t look out-of-place.



6-Pocket Planter



8-Pocket Planter



4-Pocket Planter

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Large Single Pocket Hanging Vertical Garden Planter
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