Gardening in Small Spaces {Gutter Gardening}

March 18, 2014 3 Comments | Disclosure

Gardening Tips & Tidbits: Gardening in Small Spaces

Would you love to garden but feel like you can’t simply because you don’t have a large yard? Back in the days of traditional row gardening, that might have been the case, but now anyone can garden, even in seriously small spaces!

I live in a 3 bedroom speck home on a cul du sac on less than 1/5th of an acre. My garden is basically the size of a RV parking space where I tend 5 raised beds, a cold frame, a 6×6 greenhouse, 2 potato towers, 3 asparagus whiskey barrels, and a teepee trellis. And of course, I want more room to grow, but I have seen some pretty great ideas on Pinterest for gardening in small spaces and I wanted to show one to you.

This year, I decided to try my hand at gutter gardening. Have you seen this? I absolutely fell in love with the idea as soon as I saw it on Pinterest. Thankfully, we had some plastic gutters on hand that were not being used, and were also able to pick up a few metal ones at my local re-store for less than $5.00. I attached them to the front of my greenhouse and planted a few things inside…

I started with parisian carrots and got a whole lot of nothin’. Had they grown, they would have looked like this: Yep, nada. Not sure if I didn’t water enough, or if the gutter was to shallow despite the 1″ long carrot the seed is supposed to grow…so I tried some mixed greens. And oh, glorious day! Check out these beauties: I love their color and variety, and they just look so dang cute growing in that metal gutter, don’t they? These mixed greens have already graced our plates for over a week. I just pluck a few leaves from each of the plants and more grow in their place over the next week or so.

Do you live in an apartment? Maybe a small space without much of a yard? Do you have a fence? A wall? The side of a garage that faces south? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you can grow a gutter garden. All it takes is a spare gutter or two, some screw or brackets to attach it to a sturdy surface, and some soil and seeds. Gutters are great for growing lettuce, radishes, peas, spinach, strawberries, and even tomatoes (in a 4″ deep gutter)!

Here are some great resources to give you more information about Gardening in small spaces!

GrowGreatGrub

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces – $14.08

  ContainerGarden

Small-Space Container Gardens – $9.99 Kindle/$13.31 (33% off) Paperback

Let your kids help dig in the dirt and get them involved in Small Spaces Gardening as well!

GardenKit3

Little Gardeners 8 Piece Gardening Tool Set for Kids – $6.50 (57% off!)

GardenKit2

Garden Tool Set with Tote – $9.89 (42% off!)

GardenKit

5-Piece Small Garden Tools Set – $17.07 (32% off!)

Comments

  1. Jennifer B says:

    That is great! I’d love to see pictures of your whole garden area. I’m new to gardening this year. Do you have how-to’s and helps for all the things/methods you have? Awesome!

    • Hi Jennifer. I will try to do a post on the entire garden next Friday. In the meantime, research “Square Foot Gardening”…it’s the method I use and love. Good luck on your garden this summer!

  2. I use giant ice cream buckets because we have a creamery nearby that will sell you the bucket for $.25. They are food safe and they don’t crack and break like other plastic will after one year of use.

    I have found that tomatoes don’t grow well in containers, but peppers, green onions, lettuce, herbs, cucumbers and carrots grow well in containers. I can’t say about squash because this is my first year growing them in buckets, but they are beautiful and thriving so far. I say experiment! Grow cucumbers up a trellis behind your hanging pots (the trough) and grow the lettuce at the bottom so it stays cooler and since it is shorter.

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