DIY Vertical Gutter Garden with Auto-Watering System


Photo by Pixabay/kriemer

We built this A-Frame garden because our homestead soil has failed us the last few years. This is a simple DIY project and a good opportunity to teach my daughter some building lessons. I designed this project in 3D using Google Sketchup. Those plans are free for you to use here. We also have a gravity fed rainwater setup from last year that can — with the help of 2 AA batteries and a RainWater Kit from Amazon — auto-water the garden on a set schedule for us! Because some people learn better by seeing, we also made a video (which was really fun) for this project. You can see it above.

This is a beginner-level DIY project using some 2-by-2s and some PVC gutters. My 13-year-old daughter, Katie, built almost this entire project herself (with just a bit of help from Dad). The setup is nice, because we can position it where we want and Katie can own it 100 percent. Also, our homestead garden failed the last few years. While we are amending our homestead garden soil, we want to be 100% sure we grow a good crop this year and this will be a great help.

Sometimes people learn better via video, so Katie and I also created a video version of this project (take a look above). The supplies needed for this project could be found at most large home improvement and hardware stores. We picked our supplies up at Menards.


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I came across a long length of galvanized rain gutter on my property that I thought I would just set up on top of a fence rail and plant something in it. I'm so glad I didn't do that yet! Now that I've seen your article, I've been inspired to do something much more creative, versatile, and productive. And there is even scrap lumber here I can use. And my compliments to you as a parent for letting your daughter take the reins!

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