How To Grow Strawberries In Rain Gutters


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If you want to learn how to grow strawberries in rain gutters, then you’ve come to the right place. Growing strawberries in pots is easy, but it is more convenient when you can do so in space-saving rain gutter planters! Not to mention, the flavour of home-grown strawberries can never compare to store-bought strawberries.

Rain gutters can be mounted to the side of decks, or vertically to the side of your house or shed to create a “strawberry wall.” A rain gutter about 4 and a half feet long is enough to grow 3-4 strawberry plants, depending on plant size.


These rain gutters not only keep pests away, but they make for much easier gardening!

You can also use the same concept for growing lettuces and herbs. It saves space, and helps you maximize your produce output.

A variety of people have devised their own ways to come up with their own rain gutter gardens. You can read all about them with the provided links below:

Let me know in the comments below if you will be exploring these methods of growing bush fruit, herbs, and lettuces this summer! I may just try it out myself, as it seems simple enough, and I love a good homegrown strawberry!

Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.


  1. Curious on the strawberry rain gutter idea. Are these perennial plants? Do they come back? I’m guessing no, but figured you can clear this question up for me. I love the idea, but don’t want to repurchase plants every year. It doesn’t seem sensible.

  2. That is true.. But in Calgary where I live it gets really cold. strawberries in the rain gutters would not come back a second year as they would have frozen to death! vs strawberries in the ground that are insulated by the soil. (and a mulch mix to protect them applied in october)

    but if you could remove the rain gutters, place them in your garage next to a heated wall and cover them with a tarp. keeping the soil slightly moist over the winter then take the gutters back out after the last frost the strawberries should pick up once again.

    For your best crop buy the baby plants and trim all flowers and runners off for the first year no strawberries. – second year you will have a well established root system and a huge berry harvest..

    That being said I am growing strawberries for the first time this year. some I am trimming others I am letting the runners make clone plants, and others I am letting just the berries grow!

  3. Comment:hi my question is about the drainage do I need to drill holes or just water in little amounts.thank you

  4. I have done this with lettuce and strawberries. I am in Florida, and my issue has had been has been the torrential rains we have. Raindrops sometimes as big as my fist! The plants can usually take the beating, but the soil in this shallow gutter is another thing…soil pushed out, roots exposed… the only solution I have found is moving the gutters in my barn. Has anyone devised some sort of shelter for theirs? Maybe a greenhouse type? I have to find a answer this season, because it's a great idea otherwise! My plants have grown beautifully.

  5. Zone 4, nothing survives a winter in any raised container garden with a width or length of less than 4', including rain gutters. Zone 4, If you have a rain gutter 4' x 4' and on the ground, then you might get the one plant in the very middle to survive, that's if you put several inches of mulch on top of it for protection! LOL Frost heaves kills the roots and the cold winds desiccate all exposed tissues!


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