Starting Our Vegetable Garden on the Roof

We’re taking the vegetable plunge this spring. Our new larger roof garden has a somewhat sunny corner spot for a small vegetable patch.

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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.

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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.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Erika Haak on March 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Hey, didn’t realize you guys had made it down to the Flower Show. Went on Saturday and was almost suffocated! Crazy crowded, but some really cool things. I LOVE the miniature gardens, terrariums, litte gardens with plants growing on or around rocks. I think I may like the houseplant sections more than the crazy table settings with lava pouring under them! I’m doing veggies this year too, starting them inside now in pots and just moving pots to new deck when it’s built in the spring! Good luck! So excited for all of your adventures!

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  2. Look forward to seeing the progress! Im planning our rooftop garden here in Mexico City and we plan on veggies, herbs, cacti (actually that is already up there!) and some flowers. Starting off easy with herbs and jalapeno peppers, will go on from there!

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