Fence Gutter Garden






Step 1: From 1 x 4 [2.54 cm x 10.16 cm] pressure-treated lumber, cut two pieces 62 inches long [1.57 m] and four pieces 34 inches long [86.36 cm].

Good to Know: If your pressure-treated lumber feels wet to the touch, allow it to lie flat and dry out until water no longer beads up on the surface. Wash hands thoroughly after handling treated lumber, and wear breathing protection when cutting.

Step 2: On a flat work surface, lay out the two horizontal frame pieces and four vertical pieces upside down as shown on the Gutter Garden Frame Project Diagram. Follow the instructions that came with your pocket-hole drilling jig to drill two holes at each joint. Apply LePage No More Nails adhesive and screw the frame together.

Drive pocket-hole screws

Step 3: Use a mitre saw or handsaw to cut the plastic gutters into four 5-foot [1.524 m] lengths. Use sandpaper to clean up the cut ends and attach caps to both ends of each piece. Drill 1/4-inch [.635 cm] drain holes near the left end of two sections and near the right end of the other two.

Drill drain holes

Step 4: On the back side of the frame at the top, use a square and pencil to mark lines 1-3/4 inches [4.445 cm] and 17-3/4 [45.085 cm] inches from both ends (centred above the vertical pieces). Hold a 1-inch [2.54 cm] corner bracket with the corner even with the top of the frame and mark the screw hole location where it crosses the lines. Then drill 3/32-inch [2.38 mm] pilot holes for the brackets.

Step 5: Draw centred lines the length of the two centre boards and extend the lines over the two horizontal boards at each joint. Measuring down the left line from the top edge of the frame, mark the line at 2-1/4 inches [5.715 cm], 13-1/4 inches [33.655 cm], 24-1/2 inches [62.23 cm], and 35-1/4 inches [89.535 cm]. On the right side, mark the line at 2 inches [5.08 cm], 13-1/2 inches [34.29 cm], 24-1/4 inches [61.595 cm], and 35-1/2 inches [90.17 cm]. This allows the gutters to tilt slightly and drain excess water.

Measure the gutter bracket locations

Step 6: Align the gutter bracket top edge with one of the marks on a centred line and mark the mounting screw location. Drill a 9/64-inch [3.57 mm] pilot hole and use rust-resistant screws to fasten the bracket to the frame. Repeat for the remaining brackets. Avoid overtightening the brackets.

Screw gutter brackets to the frame

Step 7: Rest a gutter section with the drain holes on the left end loosely on the top brackets and inset 1 inch [2.54 cm] from the left or right edge of the frame. Tilt and press it into the upper brackets until it pops in place. Then install a gutter with the holes on the right in the brackets below that. Alternate left and right for the remaining two gutters.

Step 8: Screw the mounting brackets to the back using the pilot holes drilled in Step 4. Hold the frame against the top crossbeam of the fence where you’ll install it and screw the corner brackets to the crossbeam.

Add the mounting brackets

Step 9: Add a light planting mix to the gutters, filling them to 3/4 inch [1.9 cm] from the top. Then add the plants or seeds of your choice.

Add soil and plants to the gutters



Skill Level: Intermediate

Estimated Cost: $81

Time Estimate: 1 Day


  • Mitre saw or handsaw
  • Drill and bit set
  • Tape measure
  • Pocket-hole jig
  • Square
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 2 – 10-ft [3.048 m] Genova vinyl gutters, #279187
  • 8 – Raingo vinyl outside end caps, #279191
  • 8 – Raingo vinyl gutter brackets, #279192
  • 2 – 1 x 4 x 12 [2.54 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.66 m] pressure-treated boards, #52376
  • LePage No More Nails Construction Adhesive, #241406
  • 4 – #8 x 1-1/4-in [3.175 cm] panhead stainless-steel screws, #82958
  • 2 – galvanized 1-in [2.54 cm] corner braces, packs of 2, #122215

* Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary by market. Paint colours may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.


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