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Picture of Vertical Gardens - Lettuce Trees

Growing more food in less space is what vertical gardening is all about. This simple and inexpensive project is fun to make, and gives you months of fresh lettuce in as little as one square foot!

This year I'm planting six varieties of lettuce and two types of spinach. Mostly from seed, but I did get a couple of seedlings from the nursery too.

I have been making these vertical tube gardens for a few years and have had great results. In this instructable I'll show you how to make a simple tower and give you a few ideas on how to make others. I'll also let you know what to avoid and how to keep your crops producing!

Step 1: Materials List & Tools

Picture of Materials List & Tools


  • Drill
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors,
  • Caulk gun
  • Poking stick - I use a wooden chopstick & a tweaker screwdriver


  • Plastic grate cover
  • Old coffee container
  • Vinyl placemat - mine has a lenticular 3-D design
  • A length of 1" PVC pipe
  • Construction adhesive (glue)
  • Vinyl shelf paper
  • Zip ties
  • An old sock
  • Clay pebbles
  • Soil
  • Lettuce seedlings
hometheaterz (author) 4 months ago
UPDATE: It has been 13 days since I made this new instructable lettuce tree. All the plants survived and have really started growing! You can barely even see that bunny!

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dragon flyer4 months ago
This is so cool! One more thing to try to find time for, groan...
hometheaterz (author)  dragon flyer4 months ago
Maybe for my next instructable I should do a stripped-down 10 minute table-top version.
This is great! I didn't know you could grow lettuce like this :)
I was going to ask about spinach. Great! I can see a trend in my gardening going 3-D. I just planted a potato tower. I will try others too and see what works. Maybe I can do my first instructible based on the results.
hometheaterz (author)  cfs05274 months ago
Please do and post a link here so I can see!!
hometheaterz (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
Not just lettuce! I also have a spinach tree and a few succulent experiments. :)
OutofPatience4 months ago
Quite creative for a "small space" garden...thanks!