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Rooftop Gardening

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With the increasing trend of urban farming in cities and small towns, rooftop gardening has seen plenty of the limelight. Together with the concern that most of the people have with regards to where and how their food comes from, urban farming and rooftop gardening is certainly becoming a thing. Rooftop gardening brings about plenty of benefits to the homeowner and to the gardener. For example, the space available in the rooftop which is typically used for anything is used in an efficient way as it can lessen certain expenses that the owner or the gardener may have. Insulation is also a benefit when growing on rooftops as the plants and the soil or other mediums can absorb the heat.
To start your own rooftop gardening, make sure that your local government and your landlord (if you don’t own the property) allows these types of things. If you’re in the clear, contact a professional who can examine the area as some pots and plants can put some stress on the building. Lastly, find out a way as to how you can bring your equipment to the roof conveniently as you will probably have to do so quite often.
Next thing to consider is how to deliver essentials such as water to the rooftop. If the area contains a source of water such as a faucet then you should be good to go (assuming that you’re allowed to use it, by the way!). You will also need to plan the exit route of the water or a drainage system. Again, if the building is already equipped with drainage system from the roof to wherever, then you should be good to go! If it doesn’t, then you will have to find a way to remove the excess water.
The environment should be considered next. Being a rooftop garden, it may be exposed to more sun than other types of a garden so you should consider creating some sort of shade for your plants. Even if your plants thrive more in the sun, the urban heat can destroy and wilt some. Additionally, if you want to simulate light and day, then you will need to find spaces where the sun cannot directly access the plant. If should also consider as to where you live in; if you live in a winter-spree area, then you will have to find a way to cover and warm-up your plants.
Make sure too that you have an easy access to storage means for your plants, pots, equipment, nutrients, and other gardening paraphernalia. A simple shelf can actually suffice as long as it can fit your equipment.
The next step is to plan out what materials you will be using as to avoid putting too much pressure or weight on the building. Some growing media are lighter (perlites, coco peat etc.) than others (soil) so you may opt to use those instead. When picking a growing media, make sure to consider the depth of the plant and its roots as it will very much affect the growth of the plant.
The final step is to choose what plant you want to grow. The reason behind this is that some type of plants can grow better in conditions present in a rooftop situation. For example, a short variation of carrots will thrive more in rooftop gardens compared to those deep ones as the growing space is limited to the medium that you are going to use. In general, drought-resistant plants are the ideal crops to grow in rooftop situations as they are better equipped compared to others.
Every dream can be realized as long as you put your heart in it. If you are on a tight budget, you can always start small and have small increments in size until you reach your dream garden. Indeed, rooftop gardens can be hard to make, but it’s certainly worth the effort as the scene it can create will be breath-taking, to say the least. So don’t give up too easily! Have your eyes on the prize!


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