On seven and half acres in Maryville, Illinois, Laurie Moore Skinner grows everything under the sun.
"These are going to be beets," she points out.
But five years ago this master gardener started doing things a little differently.
"Several years back I had a very serious infection in my lower spine and could not bend over. So as a gardener it was maddening and I had to figure out a way to garden while standing up," she explains.
Her mind has been in the gutter ever since.
"Now if you search rain gutter gardening on the internet there's tons of it, but back then there was none."
She doesn't have a patent.
"It's not a patented product because everybody grows things in their garden whether you want to or not," she explains.
But she did trademark the name Gutter Gardens and has been shipping them all over the country ever since.
"They come from one foot to five foot I can make them longer, but they're almost impossible to ship," she adds.
She offers four colors, two depths and a world of possibilities when it comes to what you can plant.
"I tried broccoli and celery and cauliflower just weird things to see what would be successful."
She was pleasantly surprised. It's perfect for herbs and annuals and can hang on anything from a chain link fence to a balcony and everything in between.
"I have a friend who has an ugly retaining wall and she's got gutter gardens on there," she points out.
It's a product that makes gardening more enjoyable.
"My best clients are those people who live in the high rise independent living. You know they had gardens all their lives and now what they have is a balcony so this allows them to putter around in the morning."
So Gutter Gardens might have sprouted up out of necessity, but it has grown into a beautiful business.
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