Posts Tagged ‘containers’

A London Rooftop Vegetable Garden


Check out Dom’s rooftop garden in Hackney, London. This is his first year in this building, so he call this vegetable garden “a big experiment.”

Dom’s tomatoes are growing in grow bags — “really just bags full of peat/compost/growing soil that are specially designed for vegetables and fruit,” he explained. “They’re great for vegetables in confined spaces but their one major drawback is that you can never tell how dry or wet they are.”

We haven’t had any problems with rodents in our garden here in NYC, but Dom’s not so lucky. “Rocket, spinach and lobelia all failed because the squirrels tampered with the soil, sending seeds everywhere. Grey squirrels are a real problem in London.”

For more pictures of Dom’s London garden, check out his Flickr page.

Use Shoe Organizers to Create a Wall Garden


Could a shoe organizer make a comfortable home for a bunch of plants? We found this whimsical planter on Apartment Therapy.


Then we found step-by-step instructions on how to make a shoe organizer garden on Time Out NY and Instructables. We’re wondering how these look after a full growing season, so we’re going toscour the web for more pictures.

Help Us Pick Plants: One More Rooftop Perennial Container


Hey, so we’re adding one more container to our roof garden … and we really need your help.  We’re hoping to put bold flowers and lush-looking plants that will be able to handle  rooftop conditions .

I’m just about ready to push the buy button on this cart from White Flower Farm, but I’d like your advice on my choices first. How did I do?

  • We already have a red salvia that’s going gangbusters on the roof, so I thought adding a purple salvia would be smart.
  • Heuchera is my new favorite plant and I’d like to try one in our garden. Heuchera Obsidian can tolerate full sun and the near black leaves look exciting and low maintenance.
  • The Ganzania kerbasiana Tanager has bright flowers with dark centers that would set off the heuchera. But it might clash with the purple salvia?

I want to place the order tomorrow, so we can hopefully pot them this weekend. What do you think? The salvia would be a thriller, the heuchera a filler . . . but I don’t think the Tanager is really a “spiller.” I could try Creeping Jenny, or can you suggest another spiller?

The Sedum Mr. Goodbud would live in a different container, under more dry condditions. Mr. Goodbud should look good in the late fall, after most other things have died back.

It feels like we’ve already spent a small fortune on plants and keep saying we’re going to stop buying plants . . . then we keep going back for “just one more.” Is this a sensible purchase or are there some better options for us? Thanks for any help!

Wall Gardening: A Small Space Solution


We’ve got just enough room for people, plants, and patio table in our Brooklyn roof garden, but I’m wondering if we could squeeze in a wall garden? If we could push everything out 10 inches, we could turn the stairwell shed into a wall garden using this stackable wall garden from Lee Valley. Too bad the large wall garden unit is sold out.

You Grow Girl says gardeners must be wary of strawberry pots: “They have poor water distribution and tend to dry out quickly. Sometimes they’re ugly. Or the pockets are too small.” I wonder if that warning would apply to this wall garden container, with strawberry pot style pockets, too?


Smith & Hawken sells a wall garden too. And this wall garden from Oregon is just the inspiration I need to try it out next year:


Images: Lee Valley, Smith & Hawken,

The Stack and Grow Planter

Woolly Pocket: A mini-meadow for your roof garden


This San Francisco roof garden was built with the Woolly Meadow.

We haven’t tested Woolly Pockets (or even seen one of these in person yet), but they seem to fill a great roof gardening niche: they’re pretty affordable ($247, hey… one plastic pot at Home Depot is twenty bucks!), lined to protect the roof, and fold-able for winter storage. The containers is light, but be sure your roof can support the weight of soil + plants + water + the Woolly.


Starting out with this $45 Woolly Patch might be the way to go … and I love this sedum.

Via Apartment Therapy

Images: Woolly Pocket Garden Company, used with permission

Early Summer Roof Garden Inspiration from Bearsky


Brooklyn terrace and roof gardener Bearsky has more photos to share. (Thanks, Bearsky!)


Spring green sprouts look amazing in concrete troughs, though concrete would be booted off my roof — too heavy! The lion garden sculpture is amazing. Where’d you get it, Bearsky?

I blogged Bearsky’s rooftop vines too.

Images: Bearsky, via Flickr

Umbrella Planter Puts a Centerpiece on the Patio Table


The only place in our roof garden that isn’t stuffed with plants is the patio table. That’s the opposite of how we live inside, where we almost always have a plant or flowers on our dining table.


Next year, we could add one of these umbrella planters to the center of the table. The more gardening books I read, the more curious I’m getting. This could be a fun place to plant a tiny alpine container garden or a crazy scene full of sedums and hens and chicks.

HGUMBRELLAPLANTER__1But would it leak and splash in the rain, leaving mud all over the table? I know that’s what R* would ask me. The bird crap on the table is enough to scrub off as it is.

Shopping for an Umbrella Planter:
eBay: Inexpensive and goes with everything, but terra cotta breaks easily

Grandin Road: $99 is pretty steep for something seasonal, but for someone going copper, it could be great.

Simply Planters: Too expensive and too dramatic.

Back Yard City: Out of stock.

I can’t figure out why large stores and brands like Martha Stewart, Target, and Home Depot don’t sell these. And why are these out of stock at so many online retailers? I’m looking for umbrella planter gossip. Does it have something to do with these patents?