Ducks 'n a Row: Rain Gutter Gardening

09 July 2015

Rain Gutter Gardening

gardening; gutters; rain gutter gardeningSome people are brilliant when it comes to the idea of rain gutter gardening. 
They know what they can grow in a shallow gutter and how to manage it. 
Rain gutter gardening is not only a great hobby, but it is also a way to spruce up the external appearance of your home and make your rain gutters more attractive. If you are at a loss for where to begin, here are several ideas for your rain gutter garden.

Strawberry Rain Gutter Trees
If you grow other plants around your home, you may already have a rain gutter tree installed. Rain gutter trees are a creative way to divert water away from plant beds and prevent flooding. A great plant for rain gutter trees is strawberries. Rain gutter trees offer a shallow, limited space for growing. Strawberry rain gutter trees do not just decorate your home; they protect your gardens from flooding caused by heavy rain or water runoff.

Hanging Gutter Garden
If you have an unused section of garden lying around, then a hanging gutter garden is an option. Hanging gutter gardens go a long way in sprucing up the exterior of your home. Hanging them from the patio is a great way to spruce up your home in the spring or summer. Plant annual or seasonal plants and display them proudly through the summer and fall. Remember that gutters are not very deep or roomy, so you will want to choose plants that only need a shallow area to grow.

Alternate Seasonal Flowers
One common problem that you may have had with your rain gutter garden is that they are only beautiful in one season. If you are looking for year-round beauty, consider planting a variety of seasonal flowers in your garden. Alternate seasonal flowers for a rain gutter garden that has flowers regardless of the season. As one type of seasonal flowers dies, another will grow in its place. This may take more time than just choosing one type of flower for your rain gutter garden, but it will be beautiful year-round.

PVC Rain Gutter Gardening
You are not limited to just typical rain gutters for gardening ideas. You can also cut holes in PVC rain gutters. Join these around two vertical stands and fill them with soil before filling them with plants. A good plant idea for these are peas, which will grow up through the hole and branch out.

Hanging Gutter Herb Gardens
Hanging rain gutter gardens are not limited to just flowers. You can also grow herbs in your gutter garden. Herbs are an excellent option because most grow in shallow growing spaces. If you have space, you should consider hanging them outside of your kitchen window. This gives you easy access to your favorite herb while you are cooking- just reach your hand out the kitchen window.

Cactus Rain Gutter Gardening
An excellent choice if you do not want to spend much time watering your rain gutter garden is cactus. Cactus come in several different varieties and can make a beautiful rain gutter garden when they are adequately watered. These are ideal for placement on the side of your home, such as next to a window or along the edge of your balcony.

Aquaponic Rain Gutter Garden
This is a creative project that can be time-consuming, but worth it. The goal here is to create an attractive outdoor setup with your rain gutter garden and fishpond. The water from the fishpond will help the rain gutters water themselves, so it is a great weekend project if you do not want to spend time on the regular watering of your rain gutter garden.

Nothing beautifies a home quite like a gutter garden. Of course, these things do require time and upkeep. If you cannot maintain a garden, at the very least maintain your gutters! Using companies like Aerotech or any other gutter maintenance service provider will help keep your exterior in perfect shape even if you don’t have time for a garden.

Lautaro Martinez is a proud homeowner who sometimes writes about the ways he makes his home look even better. If you're interested in learning more you can visit his profile on Google+.

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