Small Space Gardening: Coffee Can Vertical Garden DIY

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

Who else has been soaking up the sun every chance they get? This time of year means extra time spent outside and for us that includes nurturing our backyard edible garden. When I started planning gardening ideas for the blog this Summer there was a lot of interest in small space ideas from readers. I had some coffee cans we had been saving for I- don’t- know- what and when I started looking up small space gardening ideas to include in this Gardening Planner and I knew they would be perfect for a small- space garden project. Whether you have a small yard, a patio/ deck, or even just a few planters, you don’t need a lot of space to indulge your green thumb.

For a small garden space, square- foot gardening is a great way to maximize space and crop yield (we love our Seeding Square for this), but what if you’ve got little/ no room for planters or more vertical space than horizontal? No problem. Constructing a vertical garden is a great option to make the most of wall space, railings, and fences and there are a variety of plants that grow well in small containers. This is great for a herb garden, but you don’t have to restrict yourself- limited garden space is just an excuse to get a little creative and this DIY is easily adaptable for the space and materials you have on hand. Tip: to make the most of the space you have, plant some peas or beans in a planter at the base of the frame, hang some tomatoes or potatoes upside down from the top, and reserve the space in the middle for plants like salad greens, lettuce, and other similar edibles.

Materials

– wooden frame (hello thrift store!)

-spray paint

-coffee cans, labels removed

-large S hooks

-hammer + large nail

-garden twine

-plants/ seeds of choice

-large pebbles

-organic potting soil

-chicken wire + staple gun (optional)

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden supplies

Directions

  1. Start by giving the frame(s) you’re going to use 2 coats of paint, allowing to dry between coats.
  2. Using a hammer and nail, puncture each of the coffee cans about 1″ from the top (or make the hole higher if using a small S hook. Hang the S hook through the hole or push some twine through for hanging.

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial  DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

Tip: If you prefer, you can simply hang the coffee cans right off of your deck railing or fence. 

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

3. Add some large pebbles/ river rock to the bottom of each can for drainage. Fill the cans with soil along with the plants/ seeds you want to grow until full.

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

4. Optional step: staple chicken wire to the back of the frame if you want to have the option to hang containers over the whole surface area within the frame. 

5. Lean the frame against or attach it to your vertical space (wall, fence, railing, etc) and hang the coffee cans as desired. Water the plants as needed. 

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden
DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

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DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

Looking for more gardening ideas? Check out the blog’s Patio + Garden page for a list of all the posts in this category.

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11 Comments

  1. July 12, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! What a fun idea! Saving this to try in my yard!! xo

  2. July 12, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I LOVE HOW YOUR MIND WORKS. Who would have thought to use old tin cans for this?! Amazing amazing amazing!!

  3. July 13, 2017 / 1:05 am

    This is absolutely adorable!! I love the empty frame!!

    • katpetrunia
      July 25, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Mal! Love how many things you can do with a pretty frame 😉

  4. July 13, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I pinned to show my hubs later!

    • katpetrunia
      July 25, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Angela, so glad you like it!

  5. July 13, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    What a great idea! And I love how you styled ig with the frame!

    • katpetrunia
      July 25, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you!!

  6. July 14, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Such a cute and fun idea! We have a new shed that I’ve been wanting to add something too…this might be it!

    • katpetrunia
      July 25, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Awesome! We need a shed so bad in our yard and I love your idea of adding a vertical garden to one of the exterior walls!

  7. Tamara
    July 14, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    A great way to reuse pieces too. Now to figure out how I can convince strata to let me do this!

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