Two years ago, Tom and I planted a vertical gutter garden on the side of our shed, and we love it.
Last year we didn’t plan them because last spring I was really pregnant, and at that stage in my pregnancy I was only eating marshmallows and chocolate milk. Planting greens seemed like a waste.
The gutters sat vacant for nearly two years, which left them sagging and missing end caps. They needed an upgrade.
First, some of the screws had fallen out, so Tom just replaced them.
Then we had to search though our blackberry bramble to find the end caps, and Tom pushed them back on because I’m not strong enough.
Last, they were still sagging a little, so Tom decided to put some L-brackets under each gutter.
Note that he only mounted them to the shed, not the gutter.
And that’s it! Boom! In a month we’ll have greens!
I planted arugula, spinach, and lettuce.
I’m being optimistic about having greens in a month. I probably should have planted the seedlings earlier, hopefully they’ll have enough time to grow before summer settles in.
The gutters dry out really, really quickly. They need water every day, sometimes twice a day. Yesterday I went out to water them and noticed what might be the biggest obstacle to homegrown salads: squirrels have already rifled through the dirt.
That was quick.
Can you see that divot? Who knows, maybe the seedlings will be ok. Perhaps they were careful to not disturb the seeds.
Ugh, circle of life, right?