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Planting Strawberries in Old Gutters

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Last year we tried growing our strawberries in old gutters (that we salvaged). We had great success. In the other strawberry beds we had some slug issues, but the slugs didn't seem to find the strawberries up in the gutters. it was pretty cool to rescue something that was just going the thrown out, and start growing in it. I'd like to try a few different things in the gutters now as well, to see how they go. Has anyone else tried growing in gutters? Have you had some success?
Here you can see the strawberries growing in an old gutter.
If you look in the background, you can see the strawberries growing up here on the wall.
Here you can see another angle of the strawberries growing in the gutter.

To see more: http://www.ock-du-spock.com/2014/01/youre-growing-that-in-what.html#.U0tH01cbA0o

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Apr 14, 2014

    I love the idea of re-using old gutters for gardens. We even had a post here on Hometalk about a school that had done it is a learning project. And I love those gorgeous galvanized raised beds of yours, too.

    • Ock Du Spock
      Ock Du Spock Australia
      on Apr 15, 2014

      @Douglas Hunt Thanks so much Douglas. It was a really successful experiment and I'm looking forward to growing in them again!

  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa
    on Apr 23, 2014

    The gutters look fantastic - but then so does the rest of the garden!

    • Ock Du Spock
      Ock Du Spock Australia
      on Apr 25, 2014

      @Valerie Thanks so much Valerie :) I love being in the garden!

  • Janette
    Janette Colorado Springs, CO
    on Apr 23, 2014

    Do you have to replant each summer? Not sure of your climate and if they would freeze in the winter. How did you attach them? Did you add something to the sides to keep the dirt from falling out? Drain holes in the bottom?

    • Ock Du Spock
      Ock Du Spock Australia
      on Apr 25, 2014

      @Janette Hi Janette, Yes I'll replant them but strawberries do best in my climate if we replant each year from fresh runners. I collect them off the old plants. We added sides to the gutters and drilled a few holes in the bottom (not too many though) so you get some drainage.

  • Janette
    Janette Colorado Springs, CO
    on Apr 26, 2014

    Thank you so much for your reply! I can't wait to do this and use the old gutters we've had laying around.

  • Amy Radke-Strand
    Amy Radke-Strand Ellendale, MN
    on Apr 27, 2014

    This is kind of off subject, but along time ago, my husband and I salvaged old gutters for a chicken roost for egg laying, worked perfect!

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