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Kindlekat
Washington, DC
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
10:25 AM

Post #8325926

Just got forwarded a link to this really interesting article about a woman who is growing greens in rows of gutters mounted along the side of her house. She only has one good side with sun (she lives in Alaska) and had little yard so this is what she came up with. Looks delicious! Makes me wish I could try it.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072508/nei_309624417.shtml

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Gymgirl

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

January 24, 2011
6:59 AM

Post #8327332

What's stopping you? Go for it!
Kindlekat
Washington, DC
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8327513

Linda,
I'm a renter, and I live in a brick house. Both of those things would make this difficult. Yet, I admire the problem-solving spirit! Besides, I'm still designing my self-watering salad table based off the MD extensions design. Thats enough to keep me busy for now :)
SusieR
Springfield, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8341552

Kindlekat,

Could you post the design or the link to it?

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 9, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8363348

Kindlekat,

Even if you are a renter, you could still use gutters like this. Make a frame of 2x4 wood, lean it against your house (or a fence post or two) then fasten the gutters. You mentioned something about a self-watering table...use the legs of the table for vertical space to mount the gutters! You could also hang the gutter along a fence, or even from a clothes line.

David

Gymgirl

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

February 9, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8363577

WAY to go David!
SusieR
Springfield, IL
(Zone 6a)

February 11, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8367157

Great!! Thanks! :)

One question...how do you make sure that the materials you are using are food-safe? I'm trying to build raised beds out of reclaimed materials and I know I have to be very careful with all woods and metals. Any info on gutters?
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 21, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8384226

What an awesome idea, but... I don't think I'd actually build them on a house though, and go the mount-the-gutters-on-a-frame route. Oh man, I bet the homeowners association in my neighborhood would LOVE to tell me to go jump in the retention pond if I asked to install something like that in the "in-laws" yard... Matter of fact, the "in-laws" might finally decide I've gone of the deep end, too! :)

pennefeather
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 24, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8448109

I love it. That's American ingenuity!
rebloomnut
Cut Bank, MT
(Zone 3a)

March 31, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8462395

Lurking here and am I glad I did. Awesome idea. I am going to try this.
dirt_digger
Longwood, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2011
7:39 AM

Post #8466709

I too would be concerned about the material being food safe. There is way too much cancer and Alzheimer's in this world today.
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2011
5:37 AM

Post #8470659

I'd probably buy new plastic gutters if I was going to try this, and not use reclaimed ones. If the gutters were in such bad shape that they had to be replaced on the house, what good might they be for planting? I could understand recycling old gutters if it's after the apocalypse and we're desperate to grow food quickly and compactly. But if I'm going to make a big growing project like this and there's plenty of nice new materials I can get to make it attractive as well as functional, I'd be taking the new plastic gutters route.

As for being concerned about toxic residues from old wood or metal gutters, I probably wouldn't trust them to be safe either. But again, if there's an apocalypse - toxins in my food that might kill me more slowly than starving to death would be lower on my survival priority list.

On a similar note, though... if one has a rainwater collection barrel (that isn't plastic) fed from the (most likely) metal gutters on your (asphalt?) roof - shouldn't they be similarly concerned about contaminants?
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8488557

Somewhere in DG another gardener used this for his greens. I've used it, too, the only problem I have is keeping it watered enough. I plan to empty them and change the soil to something that doesn't dry out so fast. They also worked for strawberries in my winter greenhouse, none ever made it into the house, I ate them as I picked them.
SusieR
Springfield, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8614989

My lettuce is coming up in the gutter! I also planted radishes in it and they're up, too!
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8615844

I have seen that gutter idea before and think it a really good idea. I was thinking that if one built an 'A' frame type of deal with 2x4's coming down as multiple legs, then 2x4's attached horizontal to the ground, you could then mount the gutters. I am thinking it would not be too difficult to then run drip lines along each 'row' of gutters. As far as a home owners' association (don't you just hate those), if you had attractive base plants and maybe some nice big tomato plants in the ground at each end, they would be quite attractive and the drip lines would not even show. Nice green plants in the yard. Hmm, maybe I am talking myself into a project to grow greens in Fall (summer too hot here). They would be deep enough, maybe, for beets too. No HOA here, just hungry rabbits and GOPHERS!

Gymgirl

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

June 7, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8615945

How about using chain instead of wood to suspend the gutters? Build the basic wooden a-frame, then run link chain horizontally from one end to the other. use S-hooks or something to suspend the gutters from the horizontal chains...

Just my two cents...
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8616467

I dig the chains idea... anyone seen the price of lumber lately?!

SusieR! Lettuce see pics!

(I can wait until you're done groaning at my pun...)
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2011
7:07 AM

Post #8617462

Didn't even 'get' it till you mentioned your pun. Then again, I did just get up...
lonejack
Longview, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 12, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8625377

You don't need just gutters. You can mount tubes the same way.
I would run a 1/4" soaker hose down the gutters or tubes and use a timer. That way you could water twice a day during the hot time.
Another advantage, You could build a very narrow greenhouse, almost like a vertical hot box, to protect the gutters or tubes during the cooler weather.
Paul
pennylen
Russellville, AR

July 11, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8685944

I love this idea! Could do it on a fence too I guess. Thanks for sharing that.
audsrz
Traverse City, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8919926

Saw the one for using old pallets the same way? They just cover one side of a pallet and what will be the bottom with spare pallet wood, fill with dirt and hang on the wall. I'll look for the link.

Gymgirl

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

December 7, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8919929

http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

If you want to watch someone making one, go to the following video and click to the last part of the show -- it should say about 14:25 on the time hack. There are written instructions on this website as well. http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/category/episodes/season...


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This message was edited Dec 7, 2011 11:00 AM
audsrz
Traverse City, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2011
4:16 AM

Post #8921100

Thank you Gymgirl. That is what I was trying to find :-) I love this place. Everyone is so helpful. Aud Z
shelly87
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 1, 2012
10:50 PM

Post #8950934

I love this idea. I have a chain link fence that could easily hold 2-3 rows of gutters, suspended by chains. They would face the sunlight all day and by putting the soaker hoses in them, the problem is solved for watering. Thanks everyone for your ideas!
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #8959811

I was thinking of one way to do something like this would be to make an A frame on a base on wheels. Then lay the pallets on the frame, then add the gutters. That way one is not shadowing the other, easy drainage and when/if your weather started to get too warm or sun too hot, it could be wheeled somewhere else. Just a thought.
SoFlaCommercial
West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #8964073

[quote="Gymgirl"]http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

If you want to watch someone making one, go to the following video and click to the last part of the show -- it should say about 14:25 on the time hack. There are written instructions on this website as well. http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/category/episodes/season...


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This message was edited Dec 7, 2011 11:00 AM[/quote]

the second link led to a dead page - but found the episodes - which episode was it so we can look?

Gymgirl

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

January 13, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #8966021

I copied and pasted the link from another post on this website. Sorry.
quiltygirl
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #8966084

I found the article on converting pallets into a container garden. I was just thinking of the pallet being used to hold the gutters so as to not have to attach them to the house/garage.

Thanks for the link, Linda, as Joe has a lot of good articles!

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #9175695

quiltygirl,

I was thinking the same thing about using the pallets to hold the gutters. I live in a rental and I have a privacy fence, but the owner hasn't really taken care of the fence as he lets the in ground sprinklers hit the fence and so the pallets up against the fence to hold the gutters would work perfect and hide an ugly fence... great minds think alike...LOL

Jan
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

September 10, 2012
5:26 AM

Post #9270524

The correct link for the written instructions is

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/creating-a-pallet-garden-step-by-step-instructions/
Hymie56
mapleton
Australia

April 14, 2013
6:09 PM

Post #9484063

What a brilliant idea . I live in Australia and this would work a treat pretty much anywhere. I once saw this in a more commercial set up using hydroponics with the liquid fed in a recirculating pump system.

weeding

weeding
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2014
10:12 AM

Post #9833161

Come cooler weather I will do the gutter gardens for salad greens.
Here are some gutter garden videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j31E28DCCU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j31E28DCCU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywIf7DiDaPI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uttS33-ErHg

Interesting garden. I wonder if I can use my gazillion Walmart bags for this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zKFBuuLPMs

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2014
3:47 PM

Post #9833531

I finally paid someone to power-wash my roof and gutters, exactly BECAUSE plants were starting to grow up there.

He got mounds of decomposing pine needles and lots of moss and weeds.

No hydroponic salad makin's, though.

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