This is an instructable of making a gutter garden which will save a lot of time watering and used less water.
Step 1: Items
- Gravels (enough to fill about 2" of height of the gutter)
- Aquarium filter mesh
- Rain gutter
- 5" of 1/2 PVC tube (or any size)
- Compost soil
- A drill with #7 bit (or any size of bit as long as the hole doesn't get cloggedwith dirt and let the excess water flowed)
- A garden spade
- A pair of gloves
Step 2: The Making
- Firstly, I drilled a hole at one end (prefer the left end) of the gutter approximately 2" from the base. The hole will act as a drainage for the excess water.
- Then, I fill the gutter with the gravels until 2" of height.
- I placed the PVC tube up-right at the another end (prefer the right end) of the gutter.
- Next, I lay the filter on top the gravel.
- I finished the process with a layer of soil and finally, I plant some greens.
- For watering the plants, I will pour the water into the tube and stop when the excess water starts flowing through the hole.
- It will be a while before you need to water the plants.
- Beside using the gutter garden to plant greens, I also use it as a nursery for banana seedling and other plants before transplant on the ground.
Step 3: A Staggered Option
If you have a limited space, you can opt for a staggered layout of your gutter garden. It will be some time before you'll need to refill the water reservoir. This layout is aquaponic-ready.
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