Want to garden, but short on space? Try a gutter garden—a budget-friendly way to get your garden started!
We decided to start our gutter garden with 6 gutters (3 per panel on our fence). This area of our fence gets great morning sunlight, so it was the perfect location!
First, we cut our gutters to size (roughly 8 feet each).
Then, we drilled holes in the bottom of the gutters to allow for proper drainage.
Using a level and a drill, we attached the gutters to the fence. We then put the end caps on the gutters.
We rinsed the gutters out, then added a layer of rocks to aid drainage. After the rocks, we added the soil.
We are in love with this gutter garden! For our gutter garden, we are growing strawberries (the three on the right), peppers (top left, though we will have to replant in a pot once they get a little taller), and herbs (bottom left). It’s important to find plants that don’t require a lot of depth. Strawberries are ideal, because they don’t need a lot of depth to grow, and they grow like crazy! The gutter garden will keep them contained.
So, what do you think? Would you try this?
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Jessie 13 hours ago
They will need A LOT of water. Have you considered running a soaker hose across them? I put a timer on my faucet so it stops when I forget. Great idea. I'm glad you mentioned that you would have to move the peppers. These would be great for lettuces and peas, even beets and onions. Great idea and explained well. A few Wave petunias spread throughout would look amazing.