Container Garden Tower Pyramid – How To Build It

Garden — By on February 7, 2014 6:18 am

Container Garden Tower Pyramid Vegetables

At the end of a pathway, just as it intersects my back patio, I have a giant empty space. Using my experience with taller container towers and a  shorter container garden tower which I built in the past, I decided to expand on the creative container idea and fill that problematic empty space with ::drumroll please:: a container garden tower pyramid. Herbs, vegetables, and annuals mixed well in the shade garden containers adding an interesting touch of design to the back garden. Ta dah!

Garden Path With Container Towers

How To Build A Container Garden Tower Pyramid

  1. Plan your garden container design location. The pyramid needs to rest on a level area of soil or patio.
  2. Find 3 large containers that are the same size for the bottom of your pyramid. Fill them with planting soil (I used Organic Mechanics Premium Soil); it helps if the base of the pyramid is heavy and stable.
  3. Place the 3 large containers on the ground touching each other.
  4. Get 4 medium sized containers, fill them with soil.
  5. Place 3 of the medium containers inside the larger containers on top of the soil. Move them so that their sides are touching (see photos).
  6. Make sure everything is level.
  7. Place the last medium container on the top of the stack, forming the pyramid shape.
  8. Plant up and water well.

What plants I used:

Back Flagstone Circle Garden with Container Towers

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8 Comments

  1. Karen says:

    Love this idea. How clever! Your little (?) yard is so pretty; I can’t really tell how much property is yours but the area you show is lovely. I am curious about the tree and how the base is covered with flagstone. Is there gravel in between and does that allow the roots to get air? Or is that even a concern for a tree that large. I am just beginning my MG training and so I’m a novice but very curious about all things garden. Thanks for this little tutorial!

    • Shawna says:

      Hi Karen! Trees can get their roots trampled, there is no denying it. The flagstone has “lime screenings” in between which allows water to flow through the flagstone. There is also a 3 foot area around the base of the tree that is left open. The tree is the same as it was before the installation many years ago and does not seem to be affected by the flagstone.

      And yes – the yard is less than an acre total front and back, but more than a half-acre. So it is rather small in comparison with many other suburban properties.

      Thanks for your comments Karen!

      Shawna

  2. Nora says:

    The link to the shorter container garden takes you to an article about a maggot ridden dog.

  3. Carol Yemola says:

    I love that idea! I’ll try it this spring!

  4. K.B. Owen says:

    Looks cool, Shawna! I’ve pinned it to my planning board for this year. A question about the red kale – did you grow it from seed, or buy it as a plant? Also, any issues with squirrels/animals topping it over?

    Thanks,
    Kathy

    • Shawna says:

      I bought the kale at a fantastic local independent garden center called “The Planter’s Palette”. It was pregrown as a plant.

      Squirrels do not topple the plants.

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