Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gutter Herb Garden

I saw an idea on Pinterest some time last year about doing a gutter garden. Basically, you just take a rain gutter, drill holes in the bottom, attach it to a wall, fill it with dirt and plant stuff in it. I liked that idea for a few reasons: it would save space in my garden, it would put it closer to my house and it would look pretty.

So I decided to give it a shot this year and plant some herbs in a gutter garden. If it doesn't work out, then I might try lettuce or something similar to that next year. But everything is worth a try once right?

We chose the side of our garage as our gutter herb garden location, seeing as it got a lot of sun and was close to the house for easy picking.

We chose a brown gutter since we thought that would look the nicest filled with dirt and would blend in well with the grey of the garage. We purchase all our supplies at Home Depot, which included the gutter, end caps and hanging brackets.

Dan then cut our gutter in two, so that we could have two shorter ones on each side of the window.

Then we drilled holes in the bottom to allow for drainage.

Once that part was done, we filled them nice and evenly with dirt. Then came the planting part! We chose to go with seeds, even though we know we won't be getting any use out of them for a while. I may still go to the farmer's market and buy a couple plants to throw in there, just so we can get some immediate satisfaction.

I then wrote on some thick popsicle sticks so we would have an idea of what was growing where.

I think it looks pretty good, don't you?

I can't wait for stuff to start growing and there be some more greenery alongside the garage.

One more thing I can cross off my 13 Goals for 2013 list. Or maybe I should wait and see if anything actually grows...


  1. I love it! they look adorable!

    Ive never grown herbs, nor do I have any idea how to cook with them :)

    how is the weather over there?? are you enjoying the spring? I miss the country when the weather is nice

  2. Casey - Thanks! I've only ever grown basil so I'm pretty new to this herb thing. And I'm still learning how to cook with them. But I figured it's worth a shot!

    And the weather was gorgeous here over the weekend. Now it's just kind of wet and rainy. But hey, it's good for my garden. :)

  3. This is an amazing idea!!! I love that it's off the ground, so easier to water and away from the critters!

  4. Teresa - Thanks! I really hope it works and we get to enjoy herbs this summer.

  5. Aside from efficiently guiding water away from your roof, there are other things you can use rain gutters with. A gutter garden is one, so it's good to see that you finally found the time to have your own gutter garden. You can also make bookshelves out of them. You can buy a new one, or you can make use of your old one. So, how's your herb garden now?
    Joann Winton @ AJCRoofing