How to build a PVC pipe garden
Ever since I put my veggie patch in and it yielded produce I have looked to adding more areas to grow my veggies. Only issue is I live in a townhouse with a small back yard. So what better reason to use the walls of my house to grow some herbs and veggies. That's why I decided to build a wall mounted PVC pipe garden.
Here's how I did it.
Before you begin
1. Figure out where you are going to mount your pipe garden.
2. Trace the pattern on the wall where you are going to mount your pipe garden.
3. Using the tape measure calculate the total length of PVC tube needed.
4. Buy the PVC tube, end caps and joiners ensuring they all fit (trial fit them in the shop).
- Chalk or workman’s pencil
- Hole saws
- Fine grade (do not use course) sand paper
- Fastening brackets
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- Permanent marker
- Two lengths of wood
- PVC pipe
- PVC pipe end caps
- PVC pipe joiners
- Spray paint in a can
- PVC glue
All this material can be purchased from any good hardware store.
It is advised that you have another person helping you with the install as it can be dangerous walking up and down a ladder carrying the piping. Please ensure that you are using appropriate safety gear right through this project.
1. Ensure that you trace the pattern of the pipe garden you want to build on the wall. Make sure that you have measured and purchased the appropriate length of PVC piping before you get started.
2. Following the traced pattern cut the lengths of pipe.
TIP: Start from the bottom of the traced shape on the wall to the top.
Note: After cutting each pipe it is good practice to clean the ends with a file to clean up the rough edges.
3. After cutting each section of pipe ensure you do a trial fit and hold it up against the wall. This will ensure that you are keeping to the shape and your measurements are correct.
4. Keep repeating steps 2 and 3 until the shape you planned is the same as the one traced on the wall.
5. Once the tubes are corresponding to the traced shape mark the insides of the pipes with numbers. To do this you will need to take the pipes apart. The reason why you should do this is to make assembly of the shape easy.
TIP: work from the bottom of the shape to the top ensuring all the ends of each pipe and joiners are numbered.
6. Using a hole saw drill holes in the pipe where you want your plants to sit
TIP: Hole saws when drilling PVC tend to catch and spin the pipe if not clamped down (I don’t like clamping the pipe just in case it cracks). Instead of having the drill turn clock wise flick it to counter clock wise and then drill. The teeth of the hole saw won’t catch on the pipe but will still drill a nice round hole.
7. Using light grade sandpaper sand all the pipes, end caps and joints. This will get the surface a little rough to get the paint bonding to the piping.
NOTE: Before attempting to paint the pipes ensure that the area is as much as possible dirt and dust free.
8. Nail the two blocks of wood together by nailing the longest block of wood 90 degrees to the smaller block of wood. This will be a jig to easily paint the pipes.
Pipe garden painting jig
9. Paint the pipes using the spray paint cans
TIP: Paint the pipes from top to bottom by using short sprays working down the pipe. Pay attention to ensure that the paint doesn’t run.
Close up picture of PVC pipes
PVC pipe garden end caps and angle connectors
10. Leave the pipes to dry for 24 hours in a dry dust free place
11. Using the number scheme assemble the pipes by gluing them together
TIP: Due to the coat of paint the pipes might not fit on to the joiners easily. Use a bit of sandpaper to sand a little bit of the paint away from the PVC tube.
NOTE: For the next step it is highly recommended that you get another person to help.
12. While your friend holds the PVC pipe shape in place, fasten it to the wall by using the brackets. Note, if you are planning to make the pipe garden square use the spirit level to ensure that it’s level.
TIP: To get the pipe garden looking good it is recommended that you paint the brackets as well.
PVC pipe garden mounted on the wall
PVC pipe garden mounted close up picture
Planting & watering the pipe garden
If you have any questions about this process please feel free to comment below. I am happy to help you though this project if you chose to build it. If you decide to use my instructions to build your own pipe garden or you have already built one. Please add a picture of it to this article.
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