Build a Gutter Garden in Just Two Hours!

This image was floating around the urban farm social media pages a few weeks ago.

strawberriesAnd even though I have been wanting to build a gutter garden for a long time, this picture was just the kick in the butt I needed to spring into action.

IMG_4012Truth be told, this project took surprisingly LESS time than I expected. I sweet talked my dad into helping me and including our quick trip to the hardware store to get supplies, the whole thing probably took about two hours!

IMG_3994I was already prepared with soil and strawberries, so that did cut down on hands-on time. I hit up my favorite bare root plant sale earlier that week and ended up with about 50 strawberry starts for $14! Visions of strawberry rhubarb pie dance in my head!

IMG_3974Gutter gardens are a popular way to grow food in a small space. I started with strawberries, but I’m already planning to install more for leafy greens. If it’s a plant with a shallow root system, gutters are the perfect fit! The wall of my house, which borders my side yard, is about to get to work growing food – wasted space no more!

IMG_3987I bought two 10-foot gutters, cut them in half using my handy metal snippers and drilled a few holes in each one for drainage. I bought enough end caps to make four 5-foot gutter gardens. Glue the end caps onto the gutters – they’ll pop off the moment you pack the soil in a little too vigorously. Lesson learned.

screwWhen I started the project, I had no idea how we were going to attach them to the wall, but then I discovered that there are these super handy clip things that fit into the gutter with a screw already in place! I had to go back to the hardware store to buy a special screw driver bit to screw them in, but other than that, the installation was a breeze! I am fully confident the three screws I used for each 5 foot section of gutter will hold the weight of the soil and strawberries.

IMG_3962IMG_4006Now, I just have to hurry up and wait for the once empty, white wall to become a delicious shade of strawberry red. What are you waiting for? You should grow a gutter garden too!

For more information on growing strawberries, check out this helpful article.

*Bountiful strawberry gutter image from here

11 thoughts on “Build a Gutter Garden in Just Two Hours!

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  2. mistermichael78

    Great idea, but I wouldn’t screw anything like this to the side of my house! Maybe to a fence rail, but not through MY siding!

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    1. Kelly

      FYI, if your walls are what are keeping you from doing this, you can buy a mason drill bit and Mason screws that will go into brick.

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  3. Betty League

    This is my first try at a gutter garden. Sure looks like a good idea. Several of my friends are watching to see how my project goes. The urban garden image of the strawberries is great.

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    1. stacy Post author

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out! They are pretty great and definitely catch people’s attention! :)

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