Rooftop Container Gardening

I recently moved from a two-family house with a small yarn into an apartment building surrounded by cement and two lovely trees. The location and building are wonderful, but the shade and cement make it nearly impossible to recreate the vegetable garden I’d been cultivating for the past 3 years. I spent most of March perplexed.  I didn’t want to give up my garden, but how does one garden without green space? Luckily, we live in an age of Google. A search of “urban gardening” provided ideas, which I paired with some ingenuity to create an urban veggie oasis.

I do have roof access in my building. This solves my lack of sunlight problem, but how does one create a garden on the roof? Trusty Google suggested container gardening as a solution for people looking to grow vegetables in the city, since many vegetables can be grown in pots and containers. Now I just needed to find 18 or so large containers. [I’ll point out here I didn’t want to spend a fortune, or any money at all.] Here’s what I did. I visited my local pizzeria and burrito shops asking if they had food containers (1 gallon or larger) that they typically threw away.  I explained what I’d be using them for and they were happy to let me take them off their hands. So, now I’ll be growing my tomatoes in a bucket that originally held 5 pounds of pickles! They’ve agreed to give me their containers each week for the next few weeks! This means I won’t need to purchase any containers for my veggies and I save trash from going into a landfill, win-win!

Check out a few pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

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