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While every avid gardener would love a massive yard with plenty of room for greenhouses and garden beds, the reality is that most people find themselves living in small apartments or houses with tiny backyards and limited options. Luckily, there are still plenty of creative ways to exercise your green thumb, including vertical gardening. This clever strategy involves using wall-mounted boxes and hangers to make the most of your vertical space. Not all plants do well with it, but plenty of them thrive in those conditions. The best part is that it's also easy to make inexpensive and attractive DIY gardens.

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1. Make a vertical succulent tray

Succulents are notoriously hardy and adaptable, which makes them a natural choice for vertical gardens. One of the easiest ways to create a vertical succulent garden is to simply use a nursery tray, which features small, individual spaces for each plant. Place them inside a frame and mount it at a 30-degree angle. Make sure you have holes punched for drainage and a tray to catch excess water. It's a good idea to experiment with your drainage system on a safe surface to make sure there are no leaks or floods.

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