Just in case ya’ll haven’t noticed I’m an up-cycle, trash-to-treasure & shabby-chic’n kinda girl. And I don’t limit myself just to the inside of my home. That’d be too boring. When I came across this fun Pin using gutters for growing lettuce vertically I knew the perfect spot that I’d like to try it.
We have a ‘Well House’ on our property that isn’t the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. And for any city folk that don’t know what the heck a well house is, well, it’s a little shed built around a well to help keep it from freezing in the winter. Ours sit’s on the side of our front yard. I have a plan to plant a beautiful flowering vine on the backside of it and decided to use the side as a vertical strawberry garden. After the fabulous gutter find the rest of the materials were pretty simple. Potting soil, strawberries, Styrofoam (I’ll explain that in a minute) and a box cutter for easy foam cutting.
My hubbie used a Saw’s All to cut the one long gutter into pieces and then screw them on the side of the well house. We decided it would be fun to place them at altering angles so they could drain one into the other.
The gutters were nice and sturdy but instead of using rock as the drainage material at the bottom I grabbed some sheets of Styrofoam and cut those to fit. This would allow excess water to drain through the soil but not add additional weight to the gutters. The foam was about 1/2 inch thick so it was really easy to cut with the box cutter.
Once I got those into place it was time for the strawberry plants. First I put a layer of soil on top of the Styrofoam, about a couple inches thick. I spaced the plants 18 inches apart just as the little marker told me to, but I think I might pop in some herbs to grow in-between…
Once I got my plants where I liked them, I filled the gutters to the top with the rest of the soil and patted it down with my hands.
Like I mentioned earlier, we placed the gutters at an angle so the excess water could drain into the bottom gutter. But I didn’t want my soil to wash away either. So I look around for rocks to wedge at the open ends of my gutters. I could have just cut another piece of foam but I liked the look of the rock better. I also added a handful of gravel rocks in between the soil and the big rock just to play it safe.
I sprinkled an even layer of sawdust on top of the soil to help with evaporation. This isn’t necessary and any other mulching material would work just as well.
My son had a fun idea to put this little weather vane on top of the well house. I picked it up for free at a yard sale last year and the kiddo’s used it on their play house. Perfect!
Hooray! I just love it! And to think I’ll have fresh strawberries at my fingertips!
Got any old gutters laying around? Don’t toss em! Use them to plant something delicious!