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Patti at New World Geek sent us a link to this post showing a clever use of rain gutter as a wall-borne gardening system.

The photo was taken by Suzanne Forsling. It’s her gutter gardens, on her house in Juneau, AK. She took the picture for an article she wrote in the Juneau Empire called “How does Your garden grow?”

Repurposed rain gutters

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Jack says:

    That’s pretty nifty.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very cool! No bending over to weed, eliminates most of the vermin damage, 0 footprint, and you could set up a gravity based drip system to irrigate everything
    I’ve been thinking about a turntable system with stacked layers, but this is much easier — nice work!

  3. HOMEGROWNdotorg says:

    Hey great! This idea has inspired quite a few people! Just to close the meta-loop – HOMEGROWN is curating a whole homesteading/growing/canning area at Maker Faire Bay Area called The HOMEGROWN Village – makers wanted!

  4. Jetlag says:

    You really shouldn’t be driving nails or screws through your siding.