A Complete Guide to make Vertical Gardening 

With limited garden spaces in urban settings, innovative solutions like vertical gardening are making waves. Imagine converting those discarded soda bottles into a mesmerizing vertical garden! This Do-It-Yourself (DIY) vertical gardening technique, a brainchild of Brazilian design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, is a blend of sustainability and aesthetic charm.

The Story Behind the Concept

The Rosenbaum-Huck collaboration was brilliantly showcased on This Is Colossal. They ventured into several Brazilian homes, rejuvenating spaces, both inside and out. Their vertical garden, premiered in their 48th makeover, captured immense attention. To share this sustainable marvel with the world, Rosenbaum provided a how-to guide. Originally in Portuguese, we’ve rendered a translated version for our global readers.

Materials for the Vertical Garden

  • 2-liter plastic bottle, empty and clean
  • Scissors
  • Clothesline rope, twine, or wire
  • Washers (two per bottle if rope or wire is used)
  • Dirt
  • Seedlings (from herbs to vegetables)

Instructional Guide

  1. Hole Punching: Make two holes at the bottom and two at the top of the bottle.
  2. Drainage: Create a small drainage hole at the bottom. Proper drainage is essential for plant health.
  3. Rope Insertion: Feed your chosen rope or wire through one hole, ensuring it emerges from the opposite hole.
  4. Bottle Stability: Prevent bottle slippage on the rope by tying a robust knot or looping the knot around a washer.
  5. Installation: Stretch and secure the rope vertically onto a wall. Your urban vertical garden is set!

DIY Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots

Another fantastic DIY project for green enthusiasts is the self-watering seed starter pots, especially handy if you often forget watering schedules.


  • Clear plastic containers (e.g., used yogurt containers)
  • Cotton rope or old cloth strips
  • Potting soil
  • Seedlings


  1. Container Preparation: Make a small hole in the bottom of your plastic container.
  2. Wick Creation: Insert a cotton rope or cloth strip into the hole, ensuring one end remains inside the container while the other hangs out.
  3. Filling Up: Add potting soil and plant your seedling in the container.
  4. Watering Mechanism: Place the container over a tray of water. The hanging end of the rope/cloth will absorb water, drawing it up into the container and ensuring the soil remains moist.

In Closing

From repurposed soda bottles to self-watering mechanisms, the world of DIY gardening offers a plethora of sustainable and creative opportunities. These projects not only greenify our urban spaces but also add a touch of unique décor to our homes. So, roll up those sleeves and immerse yourself in the joy of DIY gardening!

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