Green walls (or Vertical Garden)

A green wall, also known as a “vertical yard”, is simply a group of garden beds arranged to look like a wall. Green Walls, which are both space-efficient and beautiful, are a recent trend.

For small backyards, green walls can be a great option. Green walls are a popular choice for small backyards.

Vertical Gardens by Junglefy

Junglefy is an Australian company offering green roof and green wall solutions. It’s easy to build your green wall. Here’s a step-by-step guide to installing your ECOVERT (TM) green walls.

What you get from your covert box

Carefully open the box. The following will be included in your DIY convert Home Wall System:

Ecover home frames (h 1100mm x w 40mm x d 122m)

Ecover home modules (h 547mmxw 334mm, xd 122mm for each module with 15 holes)

Compressed growing media (bricks made of coconut fibre)

Growing bags

White pill box

Bio juice and wetting agent

Galvanized screws and washers to frame, black screws for module

Instruction brochure

Also, you will need:

An installation is made from a piece of marine plywood 15mm thick.

To fix the marine plywood to the wall, use wood bolts or expanding masonry bolts & nuts

Drill and bits, spirit level, Phillips head screwdriver or grabber gun. Pencil, scissors, water container or supply.

The backing board

The covert frame sections must be attached to a 15mm thick piece of marine plywood. Your local timber supplier can cut this.

You can use either of these methods to determine the dimensions and shape of the ply:

Measure the finished unit. Lay the left frame on the ground, and then insert the module. Next, place the second frame on the RHS side of the module. Continue this process with all of your modules. Take measurements of the assembled unit.

Take the measurements of the width between the parts.

The total module heights are used to determine the height of the installation.

A single module is 514mm wide, with the frames on either side. Add 374mm for each additional frame and module.

If necessary, add the overlap to the backing board.

You can choose to flush the backing board with your installation or slightly larger on each side. The backing board can be made 15mm larger on each side by increasing the width and length of the ply.

The covert(TM) module is loaded up with compressed bricks.

The media bricks should be taken out of the bag. The bricks should be broken in half. You will need two bricks to do one module. However, one must be cut to allow expansion. Use a knife and a ruler to cut 1 cm from one of the longer sides.

Place the growing bag inside the module by holding it upright. The bottom of your bag should be pushed towards the module’s bottom.

Keep the module upright and insert the compressed bricks (narrow edges) side-by-side into the bag.

Hydrating the covert(TM), completed modules.

Place the plastic sheet on the bottom of the box to create a watertight bath.

Place the container outside, and add 30mm water.

Mix half of the white pillbox wetting agent and half of the bio-juice in the water. Stir.

Place the compressed brick module in a container and let it sit for a while. The bricks will expand. Allow the bricks to cool for 15 minutes, flip the modules over and hydrate the back. Make sure that the brick is completely hydrated. Make sure to dampen both sides.

Keep the modules in the bath for 10 minutes, but keep them above the liquid. This will allow any excess liquid to drain from the bottom holes back into the waterproof box.

For each module, repeat the hydration process.

Pour any remaining water into a bucket to be used later or for watering.

It is a good idea to put the frames and backboard in place while the modules are drying and hydrating.

Install the covert(TM), frame and modules – Find the best wall position.

Find a safe spot on a strong wall. Ask a professional builder or architect if the wall is suitable. The ideal is a north- or north-facing wall.

Find the maximum height of your installation on the wall. You should find a low height to reach the top row. Then, use a water hose or can to pour water into it. This height should be marked with a pencil.

Mark the point where the left-hand edge of the wall should be. Use a spirit level to align the wall. This should be vertical. To ensure water distribution evenly, the module must be level.

Attach the backing marine plywood backing board to your wall

The material of the wall will determine how the plywood is attached to the wall.

Fibre Cement Walls

For the masonry bolts that will poke through the marine plywood, drill 4-6 holes depending on the size of the boards.

Place the ply against a wall and mark the location of the pilot holes with a pencil.

Use the appropriate masonry bit to finish drilling the holes in your wall. Use the same drill bit as the shaft of expanding screw bolts (e.g. 6mm) to the red sockets’ depth. Be precise when drilling.

Place the plug in the holes.

Place the ply again on the wall, and insert the expanding screws bolts. Tighten the screw bolts so that the ply is secured against the wall.

Timber/plywood walls

You can use the same technique when building masonry walls, but instead of expanding masonry screws bolts, you should use strong hexagonal head bolts.

Attach the frame to your backing board

If you are setting your frame away from the backing board’s edge (say 15mm), mark the location where the frame’s left edge should be on the backing board. This line should be checked for verticality with a spirit level.

Mark the location of the screws in the slits by placing the bottom left frame against the vertical line you have drawn.

Take the frame off and, with a thin drill bit, drill pilot holes to attach your screws just above your mark.

Secure the frame by securing the provided screws and washers.

You can repeat the process for additional frames by placing them directly on the left-hand edge.

Place the module’s left side against the frame. The right-hand side frame should be under the right-hand side.

With a pencil, mark the pilot holes for the screws in the groove.

Take out the right-hand frame and the module. Drill the pilot holes using a thin bit.

Place the right-hand frame section on top of the pilot holes, and attach it to the wall using the screws and washers provided.

Continue with additional sections.

Vertical garden modules or covert(TM).

Place the ecoVert(TM) drained home modules on a flat surface. Keep things clean by using the empty container and the plastic.

Plant the modules starting at the bottom. This will enable you to push the coconut fibre tightly around the plants.

Use a knife or secateurs to make a horizontal cut in the bottom row.

Use your fingers or a screwdriver to pull the bag material apart. This will create a large hole in your growing media to hold your seedlings.

You can loosen the soil around the roots of the seedlings by squeezing them. Make sure the seedlings hang free and remove any excess soil.

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