What happens if you want to move your vertical garden around? Maybe there’s less light coming in than you expected, or maybe it’s for purely aesthetic reasons. Either way, a good question to ask is can you have a vertical garden on wheels?
Yes, you can definitely have a vertical garden on wheels. You can actually buy a fully-designed stand on wheels to be used as the base structure for mounting plants. If you're feeling particularly creative, you can even DIY your own vertical garden on wheels.
If you’re not sure how to approach either of these options, don’t worry! There may be a lot of options, but I have done the research and I am here to walk you through them!
Buying a Vertical Garden on Wheels
Amazon has a lot to offer in regards to vertical gardens on wheels! Following are three great products that they are currently offering!
Stackable Vertical Planter
It's a beautiful planter you can find here that's six tiered, and each tier has three separate areas that can hold vegetables, flowers, herbs, etc. The planter arrives disassembled, though those who have purchased it have mentioned how easy putting it together was.
The wheels allow you to place it anywhere you want, ideally outside, and the top pots slowly drains through to the bottom pots.
Weather Resistant Rolling Garden
This rolling garden can be found here and, as you can see, has three sections where you can plant virtually anything you want! It's made out of copper and steel, and has drainage holes at the bottom to help with excess moisture. This is a weather-resistant product that would look lovely anywhere outside!
Watex Mobile Green Wall
The Watex Mobile Green Wall is a beautiful four tiered vertical garden that can be found here, and it has small, medium, and large sized pots for growing an assortment of plants! It's wheels have a locking mechanism so that the entire garden doesn't roll away, and the planter even has an irrigation system you can set up for efficient water flow and a smaller chance of over watering.
DIY a Vertical Garden On Wheels
Amazon has some really great options online, but online shopping isn't for everyone. Those who are feeling more creative may want to create their own vertical garden on wheels, and that route has many options!
Most of the DIY gardens have you start off with a pallet to act as the wheels, and then building from there. Read our guide for building a pallet-based vertical garden for step-by-step instructions on how to build the structure, as well as what you need and a price estimation. Adding wheels can be a simple matter, but if you choose a single pallet design, you need to figure out what to place your pallet against whenever you move it around.
Just like with pallets, vertical gardens can be made really from anything. An old dresser that you set on a pallet, an old wheelbarrow with some modifications, a shelf placed on a pallet; put your mind to it, and it can be a planter. That's one of the great things about DIY planters; you have all the creative freedom.
Setting up a movable vertical garden
Even though it's amazing to be able to move your vertical garden around with ease, there are a few things to keep in consideration, both for the plant's wellbeing and for the future of the vertical garden.
It's a proven fact; plants need light. They need it for photosynthesis, for the production of glucose, and the production of oxygen, which we need. However, each plant requires different levels of light. Some plants, such as Geraniums, require low levels of light. Other plants, like Gardenias and Hibiscus', require high levels of light. Suddenly moving these plants into areas where they are getting too much light, or not enough light, can be detrimental to the health of the plant.
Changing the amount of light for any plant, really, can be harmful. As they grow, plants adapt to a certain level of light. If you're thinking of moving your garden around, try to do it gradually, in steps. This way, plants can slowly become adjusted to the change in the amount or intensity of light they are receiving.
You'll need an irrigation system in place, unless you wish to regulate the amount of water yourself. There's nothing wrong with that; it's just important to know that each plant is receiving the amount of water it needs. The type of irrigation system you need will depend on the kind of plants you are growing.
The gravity fed drip irrigation system is one of the more popular forms, and it's installed at the top of the vertical garden. Water is released and drips downward, each plant taking the amount of water it needs and the rest of the water continues downward to the bottom plants.
For plants that need more water, you can rig up drip irrigation lines along every row, making sure that each plant receives the amount of water it needs. Again, the water would continue downward, so the plants at the bottom would receive plenty of water.
There is also an option to water through a pipe network. Plastic pipes with perforations would run throughout the entire vertical garden, and you can even set it up with an electronic timer so that water is released at intervals. This ensures that the plants are receiving water at the correct times, and that they are also receiving the right amount of water each time.
Read more: Water systems for vertical gardens
After watering your vertical garden, the water needs to go somewhere. If your vertical garden is inside, be sure to have a tray at the bottom to collect all the excess water. To be safe, keep the vertical garden away from any outlets and cords, so that you don't have a potential hazard on your hands if the tray leaks.
It's important to keep drainage in mind when the garden is outside as well. Is the garden in a place where the drainage will have nowhere to go? If the water simply collects and sits, you might have a future insect problem. Are there any outside cords you need to worry about?
You can also recycle the excess water for future use! If you have a tray to collect the water, you can manually use the drainage to water your garden, or you can install a pump to do it for you.
Another thing to consider is any possible safety or stability issues you may have with your vertical garden. The wheels may help with mobility, but they can also be unhelpful if the area where your garden will be placed isn't flat. If your wheels don't have a locking mechanism, it can roll around and possibly collide with you or something in its surroundings.
If your wheels don't have a locking mechanism, and you don't have a flat area to place your garden, you can place large rocks or bricks around the wheels to ensure the garden doesn't roll away.
It's just that easy!
Vertical gardens are a fun and efficient way of gardening - and they can be movable! They free up floor space for even more gardening by stacking the plants, and the best part about it is that you can be as creative as you want with them! You can DIY your own garden structure, or you can buy in-store or online.
It doesn't take a lot to start a vertical garden on wheels, just time and patience. As stated in the above article, there are so many options that you can easily find what's right for you.
Be sure to keep in mind the size of the planters and the type of plants you want. Some plants don't require much space, while others may need additional room.
Most important of all, have fun! Starting your vertical garden on wheels is an adventure, an adventure with plenty of space for creativity and individuality. Happy gardening!