How to Save Money on a Cedar Vertical Planter

Cedar Vertical Planter
The 7-level vertical garden planter
from Leisure Time Products is very similar to that from Gronomics. They both are built from cedar wood and have 6 slats in which to plant, plus a planting bed across the top.

I like the design of both because they provide a significant amount of growing space while taking up a small footprint. They are sturdy and well-designed while having a professional, finished look.

They are designed with both the plants and the gardener in mind: they keep plants healthier and also require less maintenance to do so.

What are the Differences?

The main difference is that the Gronomics Planter includes a drip irrigation and drainage system built-in. This is handy for keeping plants lush and green while directing excess water away from your patio or deck. It also requires less maintenance.

The trade off is the cost. The Gronomics version costs more (up to $100 more, depending on seasonal sales, etc..), while Leisure Time’s product saves you money so you can buy more plants or install your own irrigation system if you want.

Storage Compartment in Cedar PlanterSome cool features to note of Leisure Time’s cheaper model are [1] the planter is pre-stained and [2] it includes a concealed storage compartment at the base of the unit.

Although there is some basic assembly required, when the garden is put together it looks finished without requiring any “finishing touches”.

So What’s So Great About Cedar?

Although cedar costs more than fir and other woods, it’s ideal for outdoor planter boxes. It’s resistant to insects (good for protecting plants) and doesn’t rot as quickly, so obviously it will last longer. If you think about a cedar planter’s cost in terms of life span, they actually can end up costing less over time.

Details:

  • Holds 4.5 cubic ft of soil
  • 33″ long x 15 11/16″ deep x 48 13/16″ high
  • Comes in easy-to-assemble prefabricated panels pre-painted with water-based stain (not chemically-treated)
  • Product manual

Notes:

Over time, the cedar will need to be re-stained to maintain its finished look. The frequency will depend on how much exposure it receives to sun, rain, etc.. and the type of stain you use.

The planter is available through Amazon.com at a discounted price and free shipping. I’d also suggest checking out listing on eBay to see if there are cheaper there.

As You Might Have Noticed…

They are much like the popular pallet gardens, except that you don’t have to find a pallet or purchase additional materials like landscape fabric. The layered slats also make it so that you don’t have to use as much soil- or that all of the soil sinks to the bottom (as it does in a pallet garden).

Want to Build Your Own?

The video below shows how to do it. Although this option requires more time and work and often more cost, it allows you to adjust the height, width and depth of your garden to a size the works for you and your backyard space.

model #6315
Cedar Pre-Stained 7-Level Vertical Garden
4.5 / 5.0 stars

Say Hello to the “Self-Watering” Vertical Planter

Self Watering Vertical Planter Kit

I love the look of a giant living wall, but the thought of installing or constructing a massive planter is not appealing and just seems like a lot of work.

I’d rather build a large vertical garden out of small parts and piece them together in smaller manageable sections. Of course, I’d want the finished product to look like one big living wall as opposed to several small planters.

That’s why this vertical garden kit caught my eye. This self irrigating planter has a super simple design and is easy to piece together. At the same time, the end result appears to be a single wall planter.

You could even use a row of these containers underneath a window instead of using the typical planter boxes. Not only are they lightweight and easy to attach to a wall or wooden railing, but you can combine multiple segments to create the length of planter you need.

They are also conveniently designed to hold individual flower pots, so you can easily remove and replace plants as you like. This feature is really nice for a seasonal herb garden or planting colorful annual flowers each spring, summer and fall.

Worth Vertical Planter System on a Wall

The High-Tech Design of the Self Watering Vertical Planter:

In addition to being simple to set up and install, this vertical garden also is designed with a water-conserving professional grade irrigation system. Save water, save money and save time all while growing healthier and happier plants. An automatic watering system drips water into the top level of your garden, and the underlying levels are watered one after the other through a trickle-down system that is built right into the planter.

3-Pot Section of the Worth Vertical Planter Automatic Watering SystemThe Worth Self Watering Vertical Wall Planter is sold in 3-pocket sections and included a filter layer that is removable. Place soil and plants directly into the pockets or insert potted plants with the pots.

The filter layer helps plants “breathe” and grow healthier, plus the reservoir keeps plants watered up to two weeks, depending on climate and species.

Vertical Planter Assembly Instructions

Make your living wall as large or as small as you like. You can also design your garden in a unique shape or design. On to of that, you can use it indoors or out. And if that wasn’t enough, the containers are safe for growing edibles (made from recycled propene polymer).

Dimensions: 19″ long x 7″ tall x 7″ deep
 

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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