DIY Hanging Gutter Garden

Hanging Garden

DIY Hanging Gutter Garden…

Cool project that takes advantage of the vertical space outside.

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DIY Hanging Gutter Garden
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Ingredients
  1. Materials
  2. 1 – 8′ PVC white rain gutter cut into 3 32″ sections
  3. 6 – PVC white gutter end caps
  4. 2 – 1/8″diameter steel cables cut to desired length
  5. 6 – Feeney Cross Clamps (see image below)
  6. 6 – 1/8″ diameter Feeney steel rods
  7. 2 – Galvanized eye hooks
  8. Potting soil and Plants
  9. Tools
  10. Cordless Drill with drill bit set
  11. Hand saw or hack saw
  12. T-square or straight edge
  13. Tape measure
  14. Permanent marker
  15. Level
  16. Eye protection
Instructions
  1. 1. Determine the center of your gutters and draw a reference line (otherwise your gutter won’t hang right).
  2. 2. Mark and drill the holes for the steel cable rods. Find a drill bit the same diameter as the cable to minimize the wiggle room.
  3. 3. Space drill holes a few sizes larger to make sure you get good drainage (plant roots hate sitting in water for long periods of time).
  4. 1. Locate a spot that gets at least 4 hours of sun. I placed mine on the cross beams of a pergola I built a couple of years ago.
  5. 2. Drill pilot holes (a hole slightly smaller in diameter than the screw diameter) to make screwing in the eye hook a lot easier. Make sure the holes are the same distance as the steel cable so they hang straight down.
  6. 3. Slide the gutters through the holes and secure them with the cross clamps at your desired heights. You’ll notice I placed mesh tape (normally used for drywall joints), left over from another project, over the drainage holes to keep the soil from seeping. However, I think the holes are small enough, this step is not necessary. I did it out of habit.
  7. 4. Secure the gutter with the cross clamps and half circle steel rods.
  8. Now you’re ready to fill it with organic potting soil and plant them with your choice of shallow rooted plants.
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