Fest your eyes on Esme and David’s amazing Bushwick, Brooklyn roof garden and visit their Flickr page to get the full tour. This is their first year as roof gardeners.
They live on the top floor of their building and run a hose up from their kitchen sink to water. They use self-watering containers and built a wind barrier with plastic trellises from home depot and some pallets scavenged from a warehouse. This tall red flower is a Mexican Sunflower.
They are experimenting with a small part of the roof area, since the landlord is concerned about the weight and water damage. They are hoping to get more space to grow next summer.
Here’s the very ambitious list of all they are growing up there:
Teddy Bear Sunflowers
Corn (Esme reports: “not looking so hot – it was our most ambitious crop!”)
Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Parsley, dill
I can’t wait to learn more about how the sunflowers are doing. I never even dared attempt growing them. And our rooftop moonvine met an early death, so I’m interested to hear how they are keeping them happy too.
Photos: Esme and David