Rooftop Organic Gardening

No space for a garden? No problem!

You can grow organic vegetables on the roof with just some soil, some buckets and fish.

This is a great way to have fresh produce without having to worry about pests or diseases. But it’s not as easy as it sounds – you’ll need to do your research and find out how much sun your roof gets, what type of soil needs and what kind of fish would work best in this situation.

Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you so all you have to do is read on!

Growing An Organic Garden On Your Roof

Peter A. is an electrician and a self-proclaimed urban farmer. When Peter moved to a new apartment building with no garden space, he took it upon himself to grow his own organic vegetables on the roof of his building. Below are some tips from Peter’s experience in gardening up high!

-Use soil for planting – because you can’t use dirt and rocks will fall off the roof onto pedestrians below if they’re not secured well enough.

-Keep fresh water fish like goldfish or tilapia (don’t try anything else!) in buckets at all times so that they’ll eat any pests attracted by your plants. This is an easy system since these live beings will do most of the work for you! Just make sure you clean out their tanks every few weeks and keep a lid on them if you’re gone for more than a day.

-Pick out your plants carefully, because they won’t grow well in the windy environment of a roof. Sameer’s tips include: kale (grow to give it some shade) and lettuce (good nutrient consumption).

-Set up protective nets around your pots to keep the leaves from blowing away.

Drip irrigation is a must, but don’t overdo it! The plants will need water every day or two.

-Place some soil in buckets on your roof and place an inch of gravel at the bottom as insulation so that you can use less water for colder seasons. Plant seeds according to height tolerance to create different levels of plantings for optimal airflow and sunlight exposure. Keep them watered well with a watering wand attached to a hose (or just pour out one container into another if you don’t have this gadget). It also helps if you’ll be gone more than three days without rain by placing containers higher up so they won’t dry out so quickly.

-Put a few goldfish in the buckets to keep away mosquitoes and water your plants for you!

-You’ll have fresh vegetables all summer long without any pesticides or herbicides, just be sure to take care of them like you would any other plant (but remember they’re on the roof!)

Please read our other blog posts if you want more information about growing organic vegetables and living more sustainably. We cover everything from setting up protective nets around pots, drip irrigation tips, planting seeds according to height tolerance, keeping them watered well by using watering wands attached to hoses or pouring out one container into another when not home over three days without rain.
What is Organic Food, and is it Better Than Non-Organic?
14 May 2016 Organic foods have exploded in popularity over the last two decades. In fact, US consumers spent $39.1 billion on organic produce in 2014 (1).

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