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 :) )
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.
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!