Gutter Garden

Add some serious style to your yard with fun
and fast fence fix ups. These easy ideas not only
boost your backyards appeal they’re super simple to do, like this
clever gutter garden. Start by building a basic frame. Lay out
a top, bottom, and four vertical pieces. Use a
little glue on the ends of the vertical pieces, then use a
craig face clamp to hold your pieces in place and keep them flush while you’re screwing them together. This frame uses pocket holes, a strong simple joint that’s really easy to
make. With the frame still face down, measure and mark for the points where you will attach the hardware to hang the frame later. The frame is prepped, let’s flip it and add the gutters. Lay out the center line on each
of the two middle vertical pieces and then make your marks at the
measurements you find in the detailed directions. The two sets of points alternate by a
quarter of an inch to create a natural slope or angle for each of the gutters, so they can get some drainage. Now you
can use the brackets that will actually hold the gutters to mark for pilot holes. Drill those then attach the brackets themselves, All of your gutter links will get a cap on each end and you just need to work with them a little bit and do a little twisting to get them on securely. We’re ready to roll. Before you snap the gutters in place
for your frame drill two little drainage holes on one of the ends of each gutter. Make sure
that end gets snapped into the bracket that’s lower. That’s how you’ll get the drainage. Whether
using it for this purpose or as actual gutters, this system from
Lowe’s is really easy to install. Let’s hang it! Attach the hanging hardware and mount it to your fence. Then go ahead and plant it up with your favorite garden goodies. For the detailed directions go to

44 thoughts on “Gutter Garden

  1. It's always a good idea to enrich your soil each year, especially if you're growing the same type of plants in the same place each time. There are several things you can do: add compost material, fertilizer or additional soil. Visit your local store for help picking out a fertilizer that's suitable for your area. Thanks for visiting Lowe's on YouTube -Lowe's

  2. if you want organic food, I don't think pvc or any other plastic gutter is going to work. Use unprimed metal gutters perhaps. Certainly not plastic…it leaches toxins.

  3. Please note that I have an airlift pump design that could continuously keep this watered! It is currently called "airlift in a bucket" because I cannot think of a good name for it. A small aquarium bubble pump (that can be a hundred feet away, can run about 3 gutter gardens with continuous cycling of water, nutrients and oxygen to  the roots. The cost of electricity to run this is in the region of $5 or less per year and it saves big time on water. You need the little air pump, some 1/4 inch tubing a coat hanger some tie wire and a 5 gallon bucket to do it.

  4. I love this idea, and this video is very helpful! I wonder though… Who has actually tested the gutters for food safety in view of lead/cadmium/PCBs etc? They aren't built with this use in mind, and I know vinyl items are often treated with lead or cadmium to help them last longer. Has anyone tested them, or have a gutter type to recommend that would be safe from heavy metal leaching?

  5. It would probably work much better from a drainage and over watering/under watering standpoint to just install the gutters level and drill sets of drainage holes along the entire length of the gutters. The concept is kool, no doubt. But what are we really trying to achieve?

    If you think the last plant in the bottom gutter will receive the same amount of water as the first plant in the top gutter, you're fooling yourself. Some plants will suffer from too much water, others from too little. Just install them level and allow the water to seek it's own level. Nature has never failed us here. Plus you won't have to explain to everyone that sees it that you hung the gutters crooked on purpose.

  6. Choose another material to use over vinyl if your going to be growing food in the garden.  Vinyl leach into the dirt and water and into your food.  I'm surprised Lowe's recommended vinyl over aluminum.

  7. Great idea!  With a little modification to your plan, I can install a single gutter along my west facing deck railing – lettuce just off the kitchen…brilliant, easy and cheap solution!

  8. Did the lettuce grow in there, or they were transplanted in it for the purpose of this video…because wow, they looked great!

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