How to Grow Strawberries in Gutters

It’s time for another cool gutter project! Just looking at these lush strawberries pouring out of these gutters made me wonder just how this was done.

So I did a little research to figure out how this was done. You will need:

  • 4.5 foot long sections of vinyl gutter.
  • PVC end caps
  • PVC glue
  • A drill
  • Potting soil
  • Strawberry plants

Start by cutting your gutter sections and gluing on the end caps.

Next, drill a drainage hole along the gutter at six inch intervals. Then, decide where you’re going to place your gutters. Mounting and elevating the gutters works well. Make sure the gutters in a location that gets six hours of full sun every day.

Fill the gutters with potting soil, then plant your strawberries. Each gutter section should take three plants.

Using the proper amount of soil and planting your strawberries at the right depth really matters. From SF Gate:

Fill the gutter within a half inch of the top lip with potting soil, scooping the soil into the gutter by hand or with a gardening trowel. Trim the roots of the strawberry transplant to 6 inches with scissors to make planting easier. Plant the strawberries in early spring; you can also plant in the autumn where winters are milder.

…Plant the transplants so the crown is just above the soil level and the top roots are at least a quarter inch below the soil. Sow four or five seeds in each planting space, then thin back to leave the healthiest plant when seedlings emerge.

Pinch off all the flower blossoms on June-bearing plants as they appear for the first year of growth. Pinch the flowers until the end of June for even hearing and day-neutral strawberries, then allow flowers to develop and produce fruit; this promotes root growth and a greater crop yield. Remove runners in gutter containers because the growing area is not large enough to support the additional plants.

And there you have it! Keep them watered and you can have fresh strawberries in your garden!

While vinyl gutters are fine for strawberries they’re not the best type of gutter for your house. If you live in Homosassa, Beverly Hills, or anywhere else in the Tampa Bay area, contact us today for a free estimate on the seamless aluminum gutters that will do the absolute best job of protecting your home from the effects of stormy weather.

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