One thing we’ve been wanting to do since we finished our big modern garden makeover at the end of the summer is to make use of the back of the built-in bench which is right next to our back door. We do have a wall planter on the fencing, but I fancied having a couple of herb planters closer to the door, filled with the herbs I use most often when cooking. I’ve used some offcuts of rain guttering for this DIY project, along with a pot of original Gorilla Glue. This super-strong adhesive will bond a whole host of different materials to each other (including stone, ceramic, glass, wood, brick, concrete and more) and it’s 100% waterproof and temperature resistant, so it’s suitable for indoor and outdoor fixes and repairs. Perfect to fix my DIY plastic gutter herb planters to the wooden bench.
The directions for making the gutter herb planters are simple:.
- Cut a piece of black squareline guttering (mine came from Wickes) into 30cm lengths using a small hacksaw. Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of the guttering (I forgot to do this until later for my project, but it would have been much easier at this point!).
- Make sure one of the surfaces to be glued is damp (the glue is cured with moisture), spread a thin layer of Gorilla Glue to the other surface and press into place. Grip the objects together for 1-2 hours. The glue will expand while it cures.
- Once dry, remove clamp/tape and glue stop-ends to each end of the gutter. Leave to cure.
- Fill the gutter planters with compost, and then plant your chosen herbs (salad leaves would also be a good option).
The small lengths of guttering make really neat planters, and it’s great to break up that large are of wood with some greenery. At the moment I’ve just added a couple, planted up with herbs, but when spring comes I think I’ll add some more – I’d really like to try growing salad leaves here, too.
This was my second DIY project using Gorilla Glue products – check out how I used Gorilla Wood Glue to make some plywood bedside shelves.
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with January’s Growing Spaces sponsor, Gorilla Glue, but all content and opinion are very much my own.