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Rain Gutter Gardens Ideas for Growing Vertical

Limited on Garden Space? Go up!

Conserving resources, reusing and repurposing—aka upcycling—just makes sense. So we really like this vertical gardening method that will also use up old rain gutter pieces. You can make it out of salvaged pieces as you will see in the instructions on the next page or purchase new pieces for a delightful addition for your fence, garage or shed walls. Check out the material list below and make sure to go on to the next page for a how-to video for building a lovely Gutter Garden.

TIP: If you don’t have old gutters, check around with local guttering companies. Chances are they have tons of scrap gutters ready for the dump or scrap metal place which they’d be glad to share with you.

Here’s the cool video by Lowe’s Home Improvement1), and on the next page is a list of what you’ll need to make your own, followed by another version of a cool homeboy gutter planter.

You’ll find your tools and material list on page 2.

Fence Gutter Garden — Tools and Materials


  • Miter saw or handsaw
  • Drill and bit set
  • Tape measure
  • Pocket-hole jig
  • Square
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 2 – 10-ft Genova vinyl gutters, #12066
  • 8 – Raingo vinyl outside end caps, #12068
  • 8 – Raingo vinyl gutter brackets, #12072
  • 2 – 1 x 4 x 12 pressure-treated boards, #201715
  • Raingo rust-resistant screws, #12079
  • Liquid Nails wood adhesive, #6306
  • 4 – #8 x 1-1/4-in panhead stainless-steel screws, #325167
  • 2 – galvanized 1-in corner braces, packs of 2, #122215


For complete step by step instructions visit Lowes Home Improvement site, or review the video above.2)

Next up is another homemade version of a gutter garden from salvaged pieces plus the materials and tools list.

Rain Gutter Garden Planter Troughs

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This is a great way to repurpose those spare bits of rain gutter from that construction site down the street. These trough planters are a great addition to any garden. Here’s how I made mine using only the left over materials from other projects.

Step 1: Collect Tools & Materials

  • 3, 8 ft lengths of left-over rain gutter
  • Sheet metal
  • Rivets or Screws
  • Body from an old microwave (or something to serve as a garden planter)

The rest of the materials really depend on how you are going to mount, hang or attach the planters to a support structure.

For planter legs, I used some old bits of…

The tools I used are:

For more detailed instructions, visit the cool site:

And lastly we really enjoyed this informative video on the benefits of a rain gutter for planting and transplanting peas. This method protects peas from rodent destruction, and makes transplanting very fast and simple!

Rain Gutter Gardening for Peas

By Huws Nursery, UK

But… what if you don’t have any old rain gutters? Contact your local gutter companies. They replace old gutters all the time. Chances are you can pick some up from them—or the next gutter replacement job—for free!

“One man’s trash is another mans treasure.”

Or… beans, lettuce, and strawberries!

Please let us know what kind of cool things you’re doing with rain gutter gardens. Feel free to comment below this article, or on our Facebook page.


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