Frame50: Installation


Frame50 Typical Installation Procedure

The frame type can’t be moved as easily as pot type. Therefore, before you install please be sure the location is right. If the size is large, the base needs to be flat as much as possible.

There are oblique rectangle air vents at the side of frame for plants to grow well. However, at the beginning, a little soil may fall out from the vents but this condition will improve after the soil agglomerate.

Taking a 1×2 frame as an example to demonstrate the typical installation procedure. For other frames in different sizes, please follow the similar procedure to extend. Should you have any queries, please contact us at any time.

The area is 0.5 square meter (50x100cm) and the perimeter is 3 meters. The upper side is a 1×2 frame set and the lower is a 2×4 base plate. 

Before you install, please finish installing the base and protection layer first.

After installing the base, you should fill bottles with water until about 90% full. Please do not fill over this level, or it will be difficult to put in water-uptake stripes.

(full is also okay, although it may cause some little inconvenience for putting the strips.)

Materials for frame type

  1.  16 water-uptake strips (for small bottle: 110cm; big bottle: 125cm; for double-decker: 145cm (small bottle) and 160cm (large bottle) in length). Center line (in black) and two lines (small bottle: 26cm; big bottle: 35cm away from right and left edge) need to be marked on each strip. (Note: 125cm/145cm/160cm strips are advanced material and superior to the material for 110cm strip)
  2. Two pieces of bottom layers (487.5mm x 487.5mm)
  3. Key components
    Side board:
    Side board base:
    Connection pole:
    Connection pole base:
  4. 6 connection poles and 6 pole bases

    To install a scaffold (optional), insert supporting rods into bottles (with soil inside) or into the connection pole base shown below (to be manufactured and not available for now). The diameter of rods can be one of 11mm, 16mm, 20mm or 3/8″.
  5. 7 side boards and 7 side board bases 

    There’s a round-shape mark above the side board and on the side board base respectively, which are to be seen from outside after installation and both marks are at the same side.

    The round-shape mark on the side board base has to be at the same side as the round-shape mark on the side board.

    To improve the fastness, small barbs are designed to hook side board and its base. 

    The red marks on the side board represent the heights of 5.5cm, 8cm, 9.5cm, 12.5cm and 13.5cm respectively, by which the height of soil put in the frame can be known. 
  6. Sewing or other similar thread, not provided in the kit.

(1) First, hook up two connection pole base with one side board base.

(2) Put the assembled base on the base plate, as show below.  Be sure the round-shape mark on the side board base has to face outside. The prominent points on the bottom of the base has to be fastened to the ditch on the base plate to fix the position. 

(3) Completed base set

(4) Insert water-uptake strips into the bottom layer: As shown in the photos, the two red marks on the strip have to be left outside the bottom layer to prevent the strip inside the bottle from being too long. Sixteen strips in total are used for a 1×2 frame. The photo at right side below presents the finished assembly of one piece of bottom layer with eight strips.  

(5) Put the bottom layer with strips unto the frame base plate (do not install side boards before placing the bottom layer).

Pull up half of the bottom layer, insert carefully the strips into the drainage holes and bottles, starting from the ones in the middle. Be sure the red lines on the strips do not fall into bottles.

Then, insert the strips to the holes near the side board base.


After completing one side, please follow the same procedure and finish the other side.

(6) After inserting all strips, please assemble the connection poles and side boards. (Please note: it’s easier to assemble the poles and side boards after finish strips insertion and bottom layer installation.) Assemble the side boards to their bases with their round-shape marks face outside.

Firmly fasten the side boards to their bases.

(7) Tie the sewing tread to a round hole on the long side (100cm) of side boards (tie only one side for now) for hanging those strips in the soil. 

(8) Pull the thread to go under  and through the four strips then straight the tread and tie it to the hole on the side board on the other side.

(9) Completed task of hanging water-uptake strips

(10) Add soil (or already mixed with fertilizer): hold the black center line on the strip and start adding soil from this center point. The height of soil is about the same as  plant root’s position. 

(11) After adding enough soil, up to the plant root position, then cut the thread off and spread out the strips evenly on the surface of the soil.

(12) Adding the soil to the desired height and start planting. If sowing seeds, please water the soil first to enough moisture. It’s not appropriate to add water after seeding.

(13) Double-decker installation (taking 1×1 double frame as example)  

  1. Finish the assembly of connection pole bases and side board bases.
  2. Put the bottom layer (with strip inserted) unto the base. Please note: there are four strips, 110cm for small bottle and 125 for big bottle, to be put on the first deck. The other four strips , 145cm for small bottle and 160cm for big bottle, are to be put on the second deck.
  3. Complete the assembly of connection poles and side boards of first deck and then follow the procedure of strip installation mentioned above to hang in the first deck the strips which are 110cm (small bottle)/125cm (big bottle) and 145cm (small bottle)/160cm (big bottle). 
  4. Pour soil into first deck (same procedure as single-layer frame, holding strip and thread with one hand and and pouring soil with the other hand).
  5. For the strips (145cm for small bottle/160cm for big bottle) in the second deck, please hold with one hand the strip which extends down to the bottom and thread and pour soil with the other hand. 


    Adding soil into first deck to the height about 8-10cm and then cut off the thread for first deck strips and spread the strips evenly on the soil. Keep adding soil until the first deck strips are all covered up. However, the strips for the second deck are still exposed.
  6. Complete the assembly of connection poles and side boards of second deck. Follow the same procedure to hang the four strips (145cm or 160cm) with the sewing threads for the second deck.
  7. Put soil into the second deck until the desired height around 23cm (including first deck of 15cm and 2nd deck of 8cm). Cut off the thread and spread the strips evenly on the soil. 
  8. Add soil again until the desired height and then start planting.

(14) Scaffold Installation A – Insert directly to soil

If planting crawling plants, scaffold and net are needed. Taking 1×1 double-decker as an example.

  1. Fill the bottle to be inserted with soil (sand is not recommended.  Soil is good for root to grow into and hence increase the size of root system). If the rod is to be inserted in the center of the frame, cut a round shape hole on the same place of the bottom layer.  Mark on the rod at the height same as bottle. Then, insert the rod (with diameter less than 20mm) to the bottle bottom, check the mark to be sure the insertion is deep enough. (Please note: this procedure needs to be done after the strips has been hung on the sewing thread. And the strip originally for the rod hole should be moved to other hole.) If the rods are to be inserted at the corners, please just fold up the corners of  bottom layer and reveal drainage holes, no need to cut holes on bottom layer.)
  2. Follow the same procedure of water-uptake strip installation and fill the soil to desired height. Then the job is done. 

(15) Scaffold installation B – connection pole base (This version is new and not provided yet. The one shown here is made by 3D printing.)

If planting crawling plants, scaffold and net are needed. Taking 1×1 double-decker as example.

  1. Put one bottle with soil inside beneath one of the round holes of the connection pole base. Please note: Four round holes on the connection pole base, with diameter of 11.65mm (for 11mm rod), 17.15mm (for 16mm rod), 18.58mm (for 3/8″ rod), and 20.5mm (for 20mm rod), respectively.

  2. Insert a rod to bottle through the round hole (Please note: before insert the rod you need to mark on rod at the height same as bottle to make sure the rod has reached bottle bottom.)

  3. After insert rods, put twist tie through the oblique hole on the side board and tie up with the rods. (about 10-20 ties, the more ties the more steady they are.)

  4. Repeat the same procedure to finish all corners.

(16) After complete all the process for (14) or (15) (one of them) above, you can set up intersecting parallel lines and net above the frame. Then, the job is done.

(17) Example: 2 square meters (2×4 set)

This way is suitable for growing massive plants or low-maintenance green roof.

  1. After hook up side board base with  connection pole base, put the bottom layer with water-uptake strips on base and assemble connection poles and side board. It is recommended to place all side board bases and connection pole bases for easy to install bottom layers and steadiness.
  2. In case some of the side board bases or connection pole bases are not installed, tape the bottom layers to prevent them being moved or shifted during installation.
  3.  Follow the same procedure aforementioned to put water-uptake strips.
  4. Add soil to desired height.
  5. Completed work.

(18) Insect net installation (Optional)

[1] Tailor the insect net into appropriate size (not provided in kit). Calculation of insect net size: 

  1. For supporting sticks at length of 50cm (assumed) with diameter of 11mm, as the two sticks shown below.
  2. Frame size after assembly – 50 x 100cm (2×4 base or 1×2 frame)
  3. Additional 50cm (the length of the sticks) x 2 and spare 5cm x 2. Final size of insect net is 160 x 210cm

[2] Insert the supporting sticks into the holes in corner connection poles.

[3] Put insect net onto sticks and frame evenly. 

[4] Put a cap unto the top of each stick. (We can provide red caps.)

[5] Twist tightly the left part of net at four corners.

[6] Tie it up with rope.

[7] Use elliot folder, about 19 mm, to clip insect net to side board base. Check the tightness and adjust if necessary. Then the job is done.