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    I'm thinking of using some guttering - first thought was Lindab galvanised - to make some wall mounted planters.

    Is there any reason not to? It should last a long while in that application shouldn't it?
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    Think they would look good but cost? and you would need to be watering the plants a lot as they would not hold much compost. I use recycled plastic guttering for growing lettuce in. I have to water daily.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    I reckon that they would rust through especially if feed/fertiliser is used but it will take a good few years.
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    Alumasc cast aluminium.

    I have about 1m of black steel Ogee (?) gutter somewhere if you are anywhere near Sheffield.
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    Cost looks low at first glance compared to other options - 3m length with end caps and brackets about £60 plus delivery (square galv - which is the most expensive option).

    Were thinking of using drought-tolerant plants as we'd not be able to easily water (though adding a drip or pipe soak watering system wouldn't be that hard).

    Alumasc cast aluminium only comes in traditional profiles which wouldn't really work on our house.

    How many years is 'a good few' Tony? Fairly easy to replace when it did fail as well (could presumably re-use brackets and ends)

    Other option that just turned up when i searched for planters is https://www.vistagreen.com/vertical-garden-green-wall-brochure/ which would definitely solve the watering problem...
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    I'll start by saying I have no direct experience, so my comments are worth what you paid for them ...

    I'd think any vertical planter would need some method of regular watering, whatever you're planning to grow in it. Plants are like that. +1 revor.

    I'd also think something designed not to corrode would be sensible, although I suppose the inside of a gutter is a pretty hostile environment normally, after it gets a few leaves decaying in it.

    The vistagreen alternative sounds much more sensible, although I've no idea of cost, or even what you're trying to achieve.
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