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How to Make a Gutter Garden

Updated on June 9, 2014

My Gutter garden

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How to make a Gutter garden

This is a good use for some used gutter that i had laying around. i like to try to find other uses for stuff. good way to recycle.

I was cleaning out a customer’s Gutters a couple weeks ago and pulling little oak trees out of the gutters that were 6" tall. She hadn't had them cleaned in a while. When I was doing that I started thinking about a use for some old gutters that I had replaced for another customer.

Materials and tools needed.

Piece of gutter

L and R End Cap

Gutter Cement

Drill Bit 3/8

Drill

Some gravel

Some Soil

1/8 drill bit

Rivet gun

1/8 rivets

1. Measure the length for where you might want to hang or Lay it on the ground. You could put it up on Blocks. Attach it under a wooden Handrail. Run some screws in through the side and paint the outside of the Gutter any color that you want. Or attach it to a wooden fence between the posts or stack them 2 high.

2. After cutting the length install an end cap on both ends. They push on the cut has to be square.

3. After pushing on take gutter cement and cement the inside of the gutter. Let set till dry. Optional Drill and install 3 Rivets, 1 in Bottom and one in each side. See Photo B and C

4. Take a 3/8 inch drill bit and Drill some holes in the bottom for drainage. See photo D

5. Line the bottom with enough gravel to cover bottom see Photo E

6.Then fill with soil.

7. Happy Planting.

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    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      3 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for the comment. It is great to plant a lot of plants that don't have large root systems.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      3 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for the comment. It is great to plant a lot of plants that don't have large root systems.

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      missirupp 

      3 years ago

      This is a good idea. We're always looking to find unique ways to get more plants in our backyard.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      3 years ago from western pennsylvania

      besarien thanks for stopping by and commenting. There are so many uses for this project. I got the idea originally from having to clean out a lot of gutters and there was weeds growing out of them.

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      Besarien 

      3 years ago

      This would make a very cool deck planter or window box! I imagine you could mount a few like shelves and do a vertical garden in a small space- like an apartment balcony. Great idea and great hub!

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      4 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by Iris, and the comment.

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      Cristen Iris 

      4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      What a great idea! :)

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Almost all drain cleaners work on plastic pipes. Just read the label. If there is anything else let me know.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bill - I had no idea there was drain cleaner for plastic pipes. As you can tell, I'm still learning. Thanks for the advice and I will take it.

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      After you get the cover off most time you can use a small snake. It is probably just hair in there. Girls have more problems with long hair in drains then men. They do make drain cleaner that will not hurt plastic pipes. In fact most of it does not. A lot of the newer houses that is all they use is plastic drain pipes. But use gloves and pour gently.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      handyman - I so enjoy it when creative people share their latest creations. This is ingenious and also helps with staung Green. I am a gardening nut and am always looking creative ideas such as this one.

      Great job and I will be reading more. My Dad has passed on and I know take care of his property. Your hub pages will come in handy as I am always running into situations where I have no expertise in fixing them. I rely a lot on the internet but, from now on, I'll be sending my questions to you.

      Here's one that I recently ran into. Please excuse my ignorance as I do not know the proper terms and names of what I am about to describe. Our upstairs shower drain has, from time to time, become clogged. The cover on the drain is new and doesn't allow me access to snakke the drain. I am afraid that I may remove something I am not suppose to. Hard for me to explain but - the cover with the drainage holes just remmoves with a screw driver. BUt unlike older drains, after removing this, there is still another part under this that blocks being able to get a snake in. I hope I am describing this to where you understand the issue. I don't want to use draino as I heard this can eat away at the new pipes now being used. I have been using a plunger and it works great, however I know this wont work for ever.

      Any suggestions

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment.I like trying to find ways to use used stuff.

    • mwilliams66 profile image

      mwilliams66 

      6 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Fun recycling project. Great idea!

    • handymanbill profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill 

      6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes you could use them for that to.

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      collegedad 

      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      You could us these as window boxes. Great idea!!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome. Great way to recycle and get a very useful place to raise plants/flowers.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Good idea, never thought of that. It would also be a good place to grow seeds. Voted Up on your hub.

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