I’m soooo excited! After pinning a gorgeous picture of someone’s gutter garden a while back, I got my husband to make me my own! I shared last week some plans for my “real” garden – but it’s 2 miles away and not the most convenient for when I just want a quick herb or a bit of lettuce. So I decided that a gutter salad garden would be a lot of fun to try.
And wouldn’t you know it? We had some old gutters lying around – perks of a husband in the remolding business… He drug me out to the scrap pile a couple weeks ago and I picked out my gutter.We decided to attach it to the side of my porch – right inside that door is my kitchen so it’s only a few steps for me to grab my herbs.
The first thing we had to do was cut it to size. Then he installed the gutter mounting hardware and screwed it onto the side of the porch.
Then we drilled some drainage holes in the bottom.
Added a few rocks and then filled it with re-claimed dirt.
That icky looking porch floor has since been painted red. It looks much better. I should have updated my picture…Part of my spring cleaning is also to spruce up the outside of the house and make an appealing entrance. I’m on the lookout for thrifting finds! And I might go snooping around my father-in-law’s barn. He has all kinds of treasures waiting for me out there. But I digress…
Then, I planted about a third of the gutter with lettuce. And guess what I found growing out there this weekend? BABY LETTUCE! I’m so excited. I started some herbs in my basement to go out there when it warms up (and frost danger is over). And, I plan to plant more lettuce next week.
I also went out to check on my big garden. I haven’t really done much out there since I reported last week. I was excited to find baby peas today. I’ll have to get their climbing fence installed pretty soon. And, the green onions I transplanted from my old garden look great. I also weeded my strawberries and was glad to see them looking good. Finally, I found baby rhubarb – also at my house. I almost starting drooling over the rhubarb. Can’t wait for the rhubarb!
I get the biggest kick out of seeing things I’ve planted – actually growing. It’s such a thrill. And so, so easy. Really, if you’re on the fence about gardening, just give it a shot. It’s so incredibly worthwhile.
For more great gardening ideas, check out Jami’s Tuesday Garden Party. I’m linking this post up over there.
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