Prior to we start the DIY procedure of creating the hanging gutter garden, I should clarify that I made this gutter garden with a couple of materials from Feeney, an architectural products company correct in my backyard. Most of these materials can be bought at your nearby hardware shop, with the exception of Feeney’s super sleek cross clamps. You are able to buy much less appealing hardware attachments at a hardware shop.
|1 – 8′ PVC white rain gutter cut into 3 32″ sections||Cordless Drill with drill bit set|
|6 – PVC white gutter end caps||Hand saw or hack saw|
|2 – 1/8″diameter steel cables cut to desired length||T-square or straight edge|
|6 – Feeney Cross Clamps (see image below)||Tape measure|
|6 – 1/8″ diameter Feeney steel rods||Permanent marker|
|2 – Galvanized eye hooks||Level|
|Potting soil and Plants||Eye protection|
Close up of Feeney’s super sleek cross clamps.
- Determine the center of your gutters and draw a reference line (otherwise your gutter won’t hang right).
- Mark and drill the holes for the steel cable rods. Find a drill bit the same diameter as the cable to minimize the wiggle room.
- Space drill holes a few sizes larger to make sure you get good drainage (plant roots hate sitting in water for long periods of time).
When you have all of your gutter holes drilled, you are ready to hang this bad boy. Be patient…we’ll be planting very soon.
- Find a spot that gets a minimum of four hours of sun. I placed mine around the cross beams of a pergola I constructed a few years ago.
- Drill pilot holes (a hole slightly smaller in diameter than the screw diameter) to create screwing in the eye hook a lot easier. Make certain the holes would be the same distance as the steel cable so they hang straight down.
- Slide the gutters through the holes and safe them using the cross clamps at your desired heights. You will notice I placed mesh tape (usually utilized for drywall joints), left over from another project, more than the drainage holes to keep the soil from seeping. Nevertheless, I believe the holes are small sufficient, this step is not necessary. I did it out of habit.
- Safe the gutter using the cross clamps and half circle steel rods (Note: I bent the steel rods around my Nalgene bottle. It just happened to be the perfect diameter from the gutters).
Now you’re ready to fill it with organic potting soil and plant them with your choice of shallow rooted plants. I found watering to be easier with a narrow spout watering can like this Aqua Genie Watering Can. Hoses will blast your soil all over the place and rain-style spouts will water your plants and not the soil (note: water your soil NOT your plants).
PLANT PICKS FOR GUTTER GARDENS
Shallow rooted edibles and annual flowers should grow easily in a gutter garden, making this project perfect for small space gardens, like balconies, or just to add visual interest to an otherwise boring patio. Scroll down to see how the plants filled in a month after planting.
Here’s a list of edibles to experiment with in your new gutter garden:
- Arugula, spinach, swiss chard, kale and all kinds of lettuces
- Annual herbs – cilantro, parsley, chives
- Strawberries – buy bare roots to save money and make planting easier
- Root Veggies – beets, radishes and maybe shallow carrot varieties like Tonda di parigi
- Annual Flowers – marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies and violas
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