This image was floating around the urban farm social media pages a few weeks ago.
And 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.
Truth 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!
I 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!
Gutter 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!
I 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.
When 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.
Now, 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