DIY Hanging Gutter Garden
- 1 – 8′ PVC white rain gutter cut into 3 32″ sections
- 6 – PVC white gutter end caps
- 2 – 1/8″diameter steel cables cut to desired length
- 6 – Feeney Cross Clamps (see image below)
- 6 – 1/8″ diameter Feeney steel rods
- 2 – Galvanized eye hooks
- Potting soil and Plants
- Cordless Drill with drill bit set
- Hand saw or hack saw
- T-square or straight edge
- Tape measure
- Permanent marker
- Eye protection
- 1. Determine the center of your gutters and draw a reference line (otherwise your gutter won’t hang right).
- 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. 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 4. Secure the gutter with the cross clamps and half circle steel rods.
- 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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