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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

July 20, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #6841278

I might try this, for the same, and for different reasons!

http://greenupgrader.com/7556/diy-vertical-garden-with-reclaimed-gutters/
justaguy2
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2009
4:52 PM

Post #6842030

Should work great for smaller plants, but I bet you will have to water really often in summer due to the shallow depth and limited volume per plant.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6842099

There's another vertical planter in the DG website. Look under the tags. A drip irrigation system solved the watering issue. And, yes, you do have to water more often!
wtcreaux
Wylie, TX

July 30, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #6885654

I have 1 gutter planted with Mesculin mix. I used a vinyl gutter, put end caps on (drill a few holes in the down-hill cap), hung it on my fence with a 1" drop over 10'. My watering system (1/4" soaker hose on the uphill 3') hits it twice daily for 7 minutes each. I place one of my tomato buckets under the downhill cap to take advantage of runoff. I use coconut coir and mixed 3-month timed release Miracle Gro pellets. About once a week, I use the liquid-soluble Miracle Gro as a foliage feed.

i am on my 2nd crop of greens.

For me, it was a good way to keep the rabbits away (my wife won't let me put them on the table :) )

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2009
9:43 PM

Post #6886298

Wtcreaux,
Do you have a picture you could post?
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

August 4, 2009
1:23 PM

Post #6905559

Ha Ha - I'll bet fried rabbit with those greens would make a great meal.
wtcreaux
Wylie, TX

August 4, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #6905929

Down-hill end cap with drainage holes.

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wtcreaux
Wylie, TX

August 4, 2009
3:13 PM

Post #6905934

View of total system. The left hand side is the uphill side. The black poly tubing across the top is my watering system for my small garden.

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wtcreaux
Wylie, TX

August 4, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #6905940

Close-up of watering system. Left-hand side of picture is uphill side. I had 2 soaker hoses (~3' each, 1/4") - one at far left and the other at mid-gutter. However, this gave TOO much water (read a LOT of runoff) so I only kept the uphill one. I used quite a few goof plugs as I went.

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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

August 5, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #6908150

Learning! Way cool, don't stop. Share!

Mm
clevesmith
Goodland, FL

September 20, 2011
11:51 AM

Post #8816353

Ihave built a 4x 5ft gutter system that is inside my pool cage. Ilive in zone 10b.Any sugestions on what I can grow and when to plant would be appreciatd. Thanks
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2011
12:01 PM

Post #8817892

It just continues to amaze me with the bright gardening ideas that I continously see caming about and it all seemed to start with the patented earthboxes. WOW!!!!
SoFlaCommercial
West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 24, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8861853

any suggestions for using the gutter system on a chain link fence? Only real problem I would forsee would be my village's Code Enforcement, since they could see through the fence. Most of my garden is on the south side of the property, and I don't really care about the aesthetics from my southern neighbor's house - they're inside most of the time, and they're stinkers. :)


I did go to Epcot this previous weekend and decided to do the 'Behind the Seeds" tour. didn't realize that the ENTIRE greenhouse(s) was hydroponic, though. They showed a hydroponic makeshift container made up of vinyl gutters with a slide-on 'lid' (used to keep debris out of gutters on the house) with holes for the plants. really looked cool.

But I'd really like to do the 'gutter greens', lol!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8862010

I tried the gutter for strawberry plants. Keeping them watered was a constant chore.
clevesmith
Goodland, FL

May 31, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9145966

Does anybody know where to get larger than 4x5 vinyl gutters or can I use aluminan?

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