Considering growing leaf lettuce in containers? Discover how to grow lettuce in a rain gutter. Complete how-to for growing leaf lettuce you can enjoy at your table. What I like about this method is the fact that it takes up very little space. Give it a try!
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. Fall is the perfect time to plant because lettuce, spinach and salad greens love the cooler weather.
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. You can purchase the supplies to hang them at the same place you buy the rain gutters.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add potting soil to the gutter and fill it up so that it is level with the top edges of the rain gutter.
- 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.
- Water the lettuce often as it grows, keeping the soil moist at all times.”
Rain gutters are relatively cheap and easily found at your local home improvement store. Give this method of growing leaf lettuce a try and let us know how it turns out.