The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak
This book is ideal if you want to do some serious gardening and you are a city dweller. There is much info and advice on checking city codes, soils, containers and pest control. There are diagrams and easy to follow instructions to make a cold frame, wind screen, garden plans and more. I am in a rural area so I didn’t need this book for rooftop gardening but I needed to learn about pest control, garden planning and planting, maintaining healthy soil and the scoop on containers.
There is an entire section on garden containers and the pros and cons for each sort. Metal is durable, plastic milk crates work if you line them, recycled materials such as old buckets or boots can be utilized and wood can be painted and constructed for you needs.
There is also an interesting bit about vertical gardening in containers. Let it grow upwards and save some room. Also of interest is how to raise chickens and rabbits on the rooftop. I would have never thought of that. The part about bee hives is very interesting….something I don’t think I have the temperament for…plus I am scared to be stung. You certainly need pollinators if you are growing flowering vegetables, fruits or trees.
Great book with lots of photos and illustrations. This isn’t necessarily for the beginning gardener but all is explained in ways you can absorb easily.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books program. All opinions and thoughts are mine, nice and otherwise 🙂