Monday, June 9, 2008

Mother's going GREEN Day 14 - Our Rooftop Organic Vegetable Garden


After a lot of work, building boxes, hauling them and the soil onto the roof we finally have our Organic Vegetable Garden set up and ready. We are lucky enough to have a 'flat' garage roof with fairly easy access onto it and being dead space we figured we would put it to good use and plant our vegetable garden. Because of where we live we need to be mindful of the bears and we figure they will not be able to access our rooftop. We opted to make some boxes for our plants although you can pretty much use anything for container growing. Also, you can pretty much grow whatever you want in containers. We chose to use Canadian potting soil, it had to be chemical free and organic. We planted many of our plants from seeds but chose a few that have started growing so we can enjoy their rewards sooner.

We have planted: tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, butternut squash, peas, winter squash, cantaloupe, water melon, rosemary, cabbage, cauliflower, pumpkin (hopefully for our jack-o-lantern come Halloween), sunflowers, parsley and celery. I can hardly wait until we can harvest our vegetables and we hope that it can sustain us for a little bit - talk about organic vegetables and zero traceability and of course very local.

In our 'regular' garden mixed among our plants we have grapes, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries - the strawberries already have berries so can not wait until they are ready to eat. We live close to a wooded area where there are many blackberry bushes and they have fruit on them too.

We hope to have a summer filled with fresh organic homegrown berries. It feels great - this possibility that we will be able to sustain ourselves for a short while and eat the best and freshest vegetables ever.

3 comments:

Craig Baird said...

That is a great rooftop garden. Well designed, great job.

Layla and I are currently working on how to grow a garden indoors during the winter and I think we may do something along those lines (the boxes that is not the garden outside...too much snow in Rossland).

:D

dinzie said...

I wish we were in a position to do this ...Looks great :O)

I am very thankful we have no bears in New Zealand :O)

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jenn said...

I found this site that sells organic vegetable garden seeds. Whole And Natural.com. Their prices are the lowest at about 1.50 per packet.