Gardening In Small Spaces: Tips & Tricks

Gardening In Small Spaces

Gutter Gardening

Urban gardeners know that gardening in small spaces means using every tip or trick available to get the most out of the area available. In fact, sometimes you have to get down right creative.

So, today, we are going to visit an article by Peggy Layton over at Personal Liberty Digest and highlight one of her ideas that you can use to get the most out of gardening in small spaces.

Gardening In Small Spaces – Gutter Gardening

How To Grow Lettuce In A Rain Gutter

Plant salad greens in rain gutters. Rain gutters provide an ideal space for growing salad greens since lettuce, spinach and other greens have shallow root systems.

You can mount rain gutters the same way you would along the eves, on the side of your house, shed or any other building, on the side of a fence, along a deck railing or under a windowsill as a small planter. All you have to do is cut the rain gutter to size, cap the ends and drill holes for drainage.

Supplies needed

  • Rain gutter, any length you desire
  • Rain gutter caps (2 per length)
  • Rain gutter hangers (3-5 per length) mount every 3 feet
  • Drill and 1/8 inch drill bit


  1. Place the length of rain gutter that you desire on a work surface. Clip one rain gutter cap on each end and lock them into place.
  2. Turn the rain gutter upside down on a workbench. Drill 1/8-inch-diameter holes through the rain gutter every 6 inches along the entire length. The holes will allow the rain gutters to drain.
  3. Position the rain gutter hangers along the surface where you want to hang the gutter every 3 to 4 feet. Drive the included screws through the mounting holes in the hangers into the surface with a screw gun to fasten them in place. Slide the gutter into the hangers to lock it into place.
  4. Add potting soil to the gutter and fill it up so that it is level with the top edges of the rain gutter.
  5. Water the soil with a watering can filled with water. With your finger make a furrow in the center of the soil down the length of the gutter. Plant the lettuce seeds into the furrow, planting approximately 20 seeds per foot. Cover over the seeds with potting soil and gently pack it down with your fingertips.
  6. Water the lettuce often as it grows, keeping the soil moist at all times.

Growing veggies in a rain gutter is just one of the ideas Peggy shares in her article. Other tips and tricks for gardening in small spaces that she covers include:

  1. Cinder block gardening
  2. Pallet gardening
  3. Using soda bottles to start seedlings
  4. Old-window hot houses
  5. Making a potting soil scoop
  6. And, converting tires and culverts to compost bins

Be sure and visit Peggy’s article to learn more about her tips and tricks for gardening in small spaces.

Urban gardeners are certainly a creative and crafty lot. Have you found some creative ways for gardening in small spaces that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below. And, if you liked Peggy’s tips and tricks, click on the Like button below to share them with others.

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