With a little creative thinking, upcycling is a great way to make something bespoke, save some money and solve a couple of problems in one go.
As you will have read, I’m currently in the process of renovating my home and as such I’ve accrued a few lengths of old, unwanted guttering. I’m also a keen ‘grow your own’ fan and have been wishing to extend my veg patch to accommodate some more fruit plants, yet have a limited area to work with.
The solution to both my problems:
A homemade gutter garden
Using the guttering as a wall-mounted slimline planter, I’ve upcycled some waste building materials and created a new gardening space in one, here’s how you can make one too.
1. Find a suitable fence to fix your guttering to. I chose my sturdy garden fence, if you decide to fix it onto a shed wall or house wall, be sure that you do not soak the wall each time you water or allow excessive water to pool up against the wall.
2. Drill drainage holes into the guttering.
3. Fix your guttering brackets to the wall.
4. Clip your guttering into place
5. Fill with soil or compost
6. Plant your fruit plants, I chose strawberries, and allow enough growing space between each plant
7. Water well
8. Stand back, admire your new, upcycled gutter garden and reap the fruits of your labour (you may have to wait a couple of weeks for that one!)
Have you upcycled any waste building materials in your garden, or if you’re inspired to make your own gutter garden, let me know and maybe I can share you pics?