review: The Rooftop Growing Guide

The Rooftop Growing Guide

The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak

Rooftop gardening is not a thing I have a venue for at present, but the concept is very interesting. Perhaps it’s due to all the dystopian media I’m exposed to or maybe just my innate desire for efficiency, but it seems like rooftop growing is a great way to take advantage of area that is otherwise under-utilized. (On that note, hey Walking Dead! Prime opportunity for a walker-free food-growing space. Get on it!)

This book takes you through all the details you need to consider when planning a rooftop growing enterprise, whether it be a small garden or large-scale food growing operation. What kind of climate exists on your rooftop? Do you want open air or a greenhouse? What structural concerns do you need to be aware of? What municipal codes and zoning restrictions will you need to abide by? How will you irrigate? How much money do you have to throw into this project? All of these questions and more are addressed here.

Interspersed throughout the book are examples of actual rooftop gardens, highlighting the methods they use, what they grow, and some history of their project.

Much of the information provided here works specifically for rooftop gardens but is also applicable to other garden settings. Dealing with pests, making and using compost, crop rotation, attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects, and saving seeds are just a few of these concepts useful for many gardeners.

I’d generally recommend this book primarily for those with a rooftop gardening opportunity, but there’s definitely a lot of useful information for all gardeners who might pick it up.

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books.