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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?
  • planting strawberries in old gutters, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Here you can see the strawberries growing in an old gutter.
  • planting strawberries in old gutters, gardening, repurposing upcycling
If you look in the background, you can see the strawberries growing up here on the wall.
  • planting strawberries in old gutters, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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

  • Amy Radke-Strand
    Amy Radke-Strand Ellendale, MN

    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!

    • Ock Du Spock
      Ock Du Spock Australia

      @Amy Radke-Strand It does work well doesn't it!

  • Superbee
    Superbee Thousand Oaks, CA

    "slug issues".. . that's the funniest phrase I've heard in a long time….

  • Superbee
    Superbee Thousand Oaks, CA

    glad someone gets my sense of humor too :)

  • Michael lacey
    Michael lacey United Kingdom

    Is dirt the American word for soil ? To us in the UK it means a worthless 'dirt' it may have been soil once but now contains no nutrients or compost that would make seeds or plants grow.

    • Beth Booth
      Beth Booth Durham, NH

      Yes, dirt and soil are used interchangeably.

  • Jenni C.
    Jenni C. Milwaukee, WI

    Has anyone tried metal vs other gutters? Is one type better for moisture & crop yield? I would use these on our upper deck...(We have problems with scrappers who steal anything metal or worth a dime, even if it's nailed down--including siding)

    • Waterdog
      Waterdog Gunnison, CO

      @Ock Du Spock PVC plastic (aka polyvinyl chloride) is not a safe/healthy container to grow plants in. Yes, people do it, but metal is a safer choice. Do not use the following plastics in organic gardening: #3 PVC, #6 Polystyrene, #7 Other = UNSAFE

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