We’re taking the vegetable plunge this spring. Our new larger roof garden has a somewhat sunny corner spot for a small vegetable patch.
RP and I collected some ideas for our vegetable garden at the Philadelphia Flower Show last week. While we’ll have to hold off on the oyster-shell lined paths — as we saw in this wonderful Colonial Williamsburg kitchen garden exhibit — I think we can grow something great tasting and good looking in our Brooklyn roof garden.
We need a container to start. We wanted something that would be up off the ground, sturdy, and good looking. We ordered the British designed VegTrug from Gardener’s Supply Company yesterday. It is 70 inches long and will take a back-breaking 380 quarts of soil. I’m not sure how we’ll get all that dirt up 5 flights.
The VegTrug comes with a liner that will keep the soil off the roof, while letting the roots breath. If the hungry squirrels eat all our lettuce for breakfast, we can order a cover to protect the plants.
It is so hard to buy gardening products on line, but without many gardening stores around here, we don’t have much choice. This video helped us to decide that the Veg Trug is solid and easy to construct.
Our next project is to order seeds. We’re going to check out the Hudson Valley Seed Library and Landreths. Both of these seed sellers were at the flower show, but their stands were so packed, we didn’t get to shop. We’re hoping we can find some seeds that won’t mind our warm windy roof too much.
We’re getting more seed starting help from expert Margaret Roach here.