Brilliant, I thought! Especially for city gardeners like me with limited horizontal space. Why spread out when I can garden up?
My handy-dandy parents visited for Christmas, and I put my dad (with assistance from Brad) to work building me a vertical garden--just in time to plant lettuce and other cold-weather crops next month!
This project was easy and Dad claimed that Brad and I could have built it ourselves. At Home Depot, we bought rain gutters, snips (to cut the gutter the appropriate length), end caps for the gutters, three 2x4 boards (not completely necessary, but our fence is a little rickety, so Dad wanted reinforcement for the gutters), and all-weather screws. We used our drill and other tools we already had at home.
It doesn't look like much now, but I will post again when I start planting, and then a third time once the seeds start growing. Gardening season is right around the corner! Who's excited?