Gutter Gardens Grow Produce Without Taking Up Space

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If you'd love to do a little at-home gardening but don't have much space to do your planting, a simple gutter garden might be the perfect option.

Alaskan news site Juneau Empire features a smart, simple idea for planting a small vegetable garden with very little space: A windowbox garden built from gutters. In Alaska, this idea solves a few problems for the author:

We live near the glacier, so the soil is cold and has very little organic matter, there are lots of big trees shading it, and we have all the slugs and root maggots anyone could want, with porcupines, cats, bears and ravens meandering to boot.

There is only one side of our house that gets much sunshine, and, of course, that side of the house has the smallest yard.

Even if your garden doesn't face the same problems, the idea behind the gutter garden could be perfect if you're low on space but would kill for some homegrown veggies.

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Tags: gardens, greens, gutter, lettuce, salad, small, spaces

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Comment by Denise on April 29, 2009 at 10:55pm
These look fabulous but I dont know if I would hang them directly off the side of my house - water damage? compromising the building's waterproof integrity?? but I would hang them off the gloriously ugly fence I have... I wonder if this product http://www.hunkin.co.nz/leeaky.html would work well with them? anybody tried it before?
Comment by James Samuel on April 28, 2009 at 9:54pm
If you follow the link to the original article you will see quite a lot of comments there. Some support and some think there are some limitations. My feeling is that it is a great use of a resource (if you are not going out to buy guttering new, and if you look at the hydroponics systems they are of a similar size and produce abundantly.
Comment by Pete Russell on April 28, 2009 at 9:14pm
Brilliant!! What a fantastic idea!! And anyone can do it. Nice spotting James.
Comment by Debbie Everson on April 28, 2009 at 8:08pm
This is a wonder

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