Friday, February 24, 2012

Finished Friday: Rain Gutter Herb Garden

I had seen an idea on Pinterest awhile ago for creating an herb garden using rain gutters. I thought that it was really clever and a great way to utilize unused wall space.

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Our local garden shop had some of their herbs on sale, so I picked up a few and immediately thought of this idea! Hubby was obliging ;) and we headed to the hardware store to pick out our supplies. We found a 10 foot section of gutter, grabbed some end-caps and some stabilizers and we were set! After little man's nap, we headed outside and hubby quickly drilled the rain gutter onto our side fence. Little man was quite the helper, wanting to touch, grab and use every tool within reach! 



{...and little man is trying to sneak over to the drill unnoticed. I don't think so!}
While he couldn't help with the actual drilling... he did get to help fill in the dirt and place the herbs in the spots that he thought were best!



{little man decided that he needed to wear his gloves too...just like mommy does}
 
{this is the perfect spot for the parsley!}

It was really a very simple project to do (I'm talking like I actually did the drilling..haha!). Ok, so it seemed pretty simple and straightforward to me. :) I'm looking forward to adding a few more herbs or maybe some small vegetables, like baby lettuce, to the rain gutter garden and seeing how it all fares. I don't have the greenest thumb, so I'll definitely be keeping my fingers and toes crossed! 

{Personally, I thought the slide was a pretty creative solution for little man's desire to help and be involved in every step of the project! :) He was at the perfect height to help.}
My only concern is that the gutter isn't very deep. So, I'm not sure if there will be enough space for the root systems of all the plants. Maybe they're just adapt and grow horizontally...I don't really know. I definitely wouldn't recommend trying to plant any big plants or those with a large root system! If all goes well though, we will add two more rain gutter layers to create a more finished look to the fence. (It's kind of like artwork!)

I love that this planter doesn't take up any extra space, especially in our small yard. I think that it was a really fun way to add some visual interest and depth to a plain, boring, run-of-the-mill fence. (oh and it's tasty too!)

{We planted 2 different types of parsley, french thyme, and 2 basil plants!}


This Friday, I'm linking up with Finished Friday over at A Heart for Home!




8 comments:

  1. I love you rain gutter garden! It's such a creative use of vertical space. Thanks for linking up.

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  3. It’s nice to see your little boy helping you in his own simple way. That’s a good way to teach your son the importance of planting at an early age. Anyway, it’s a job well done, guys. Your rain gutter herb garden looks perfect.

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  4. Aww! It so cute that you let your little boy help out with the garden! I like your rain-gutter herb garden. I think it’s perfect for people who don’t have enough space for a garden. They can just recycle their old gutters, put some soil in it and some seeds, and voila! I’m definitely trying that in my yard.

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  5. What a good way to recycle your gutters! Looks like your little boy there is enjoying gardening. I hope he has green thumb and be able to grow many healthy plants soon! Keep it up!

    -Lenore Lung

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  6. Gardening’s a good way to bond with your kid. I’m sure he’ll turn out to be a responsible and an environment conscious grown-up! You set a good example to all the parents out there. Recycling, like the gutter, and growing plants, are both essential in saving what’s left of our environment.

    -Lino Kosters

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