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As we near the cold, winter months there isn't much you can still plant before the first frost shows up. However, if you're itching to do some gardening, October is a great month to plant herbs because they will still have time to develop before the first frost. And because herbs don't grow deep roots like many other plants, they don't require a substantial place to live. Which is also why herbs are typically grown in pots. In addition to making great potted plants, they also are great hosts for rain gutter gardens.

We love rain gutter gardens for a few reasons: they are inexpensive, they require minimal space -- making them a great option for all the city folk out there-- and they can also be incredibly innovative and creative.

Rain gutter gardens are inexpensive and there are a multitude of colors, materials, and sizes to choose from. Check out all the various types of rain gutter accessories that Home Depot offers here. Make sure to also purchase an end cap set for each individual "garden" you plan to make.

Gardens made from rain gutters also require minimal space compared to traditional gardens. If you're tight on yard space, you can still build a rain gutter garden. All you need is a wall, fence, or post to hang your rain gutter gardens. They are exceptionally efficient, and you can host them wherever they will have the best sunlight -- you will not be restricted by where your yard lives. In addition, if you have a problem with pests, raccoons or other animals getting to your gardens, hanging or mounting your gutter garden on a wall will help avoid this issue in the future. For a great DIY tutorial on a hanging porch gutter garden, click here.

Lastly, rain gutter gardens can be extremely innovative and creative. You can use them to create a vertical living wall, an efficient watering system, or an artistic expression. Watch this video for a great step-by-step tutorial on building a DIY vertical garden using rain gutters. And for other rain gutter garden ideas, check out this blog post.

Whether it's this fall or next spring, DIY rain gutter gardens make a great practical and unique addition to any home. For professional assistance with your next in-home repairs or DIY weekend project, find your local Mr. Handyman by calling 877-256-3376 or request service in your area.