Gutter Garden Update

by Fern on June 23, 2009

in Herbs,Inspiration

A couple of months ago I posted about a story that was making its way around the internet about growing herbs and salad greens in rain gutters tweaked to hold plants in them. Cat, a friend of mine from law school, was in the midst of rennovating her backyard and decided to include a few of them on the cinder block wall of her side yard.


Photo of Cat’s gutter garden, planted with cilantro, basil, dill…

As you can see, Cat painted her gutter garden with copper paint. She tells me that the paint she used has flecks of real copper in it, so it should develop a nice patina over time.

To attach the gutter to the wall, Cat used ‘U’ shaped brackets that fit over the top of the wall and then wedged some ‘L’ shaped brackets between some of the stones to hold the ends of the gutters. From the brackets she hung chain and then attached the gutter to the chain. The hooks in the bottom of the gutter are so that Cat can hang an additional gutter beneath the one she already has. Cat used this photo of pots from Roger’s Gardens as inspiration for hanging several “pots” from one another.

Looks pretty awesome to me! You’re very multi-talented Cat!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jayme June 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm

That is such a great idea! Creative re-use of materials girls.


Khatlin June 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm

That looks awesome!! I can’t wait to try this for lettuces.


Shannon June 25, 2009 at 7:17 am

Basil may not have a very long growing cycle with so little room for it’s roots. I learned that last year planting it in a flower box. I love the look of the gutters and want to figure out a way to incorporate them into my garden!


Lauryl February 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I love this idea! It may be cheaper and possibly healthier to use plastic planter boxes that are long, narrow and shallow. I will have to haunt all the favorite places to see what I can find. This would also be geat for starting the seeds indoors (in Northern Alberta) then moving out to my south east facing balcony. Ahhh I wish spring was here now!


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