Make a Vertical Garden from Terra Cotta Pots

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Photo: Valerie/The Vertical Gardener

Photo: Valerie/Vertical Gardener

Houston-based blogger Valerie, the green-thumbed gal behind the blog Vertical Garden, never lets small spaces get her down.

The urban gardening maven lives by one simple rule: garden upwards, not outwards. And we could all learn a thing or two from her resourcefulness, no matter how much space we have at our disposal.

To liven up a bland and boring fence on her urban patio, the crafty blogger looked to something every gardener has plenty of – terra cotta pots.

Photo: Valerie/Vertical Garden

Photo: Valerie/Vertical Garden

Using a bit of know-how and some affordable hanging hardware, Valerie created a lovely vertical garden setup in mere minutes from ceramic pots she already had on hand.

Take a page from her book and plant decorative flowers, or use your new hanging garden to grow herbs for the kitchen.

This versatile setup can also be used to add a touch of green to tree trunks, deck support poles and even brick. So, get creative and customize your space the eco-friendly way.

Photo: Valerie/Vertical Garden

Photo: Valerie/Vertical Garden

Ready to give it a try? Get step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself at Vertical Garden.

For another easy garden fix, check out how to make a no-drip watering can from plastic recyclables.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.