If you love to garden, plant seeds and get your hands dirty with fertile soil then you’re surely interested in finding new ways to get these things done. But, if you’re one of the people that have to live in a cramped, over populated city, this is a little more difficult than it seems. A lot of people, for many years in some cities, have resorted to putting a lovely, vivacious garden on their rooftops.
There are many things that a person should consider before starting to build one of these rooftop gardens. You need to take into consideration the amount of space that you have available to you, and you also have to consider the spill off from the watering you’ll have to do. You don’t want your neighbor getting the bulk of water waste into their living space.
One thing, I think every person that is thinking about doing something like this, should talk to a contractor about how to build the garden. You surely have a lot of things running through your mind about the project so you don’t want to to start building it without a plan. I even know a person that talked to an architect about it to get the most use of the limited space that was available. You don’t have to keep the services of either of these two professionals through out the project, but it’s smart to get some input about it before you start buying the material.
One of the things that I have seen people do is build shelving or raised bed gardens. Tiers of plants cleverly built upon each other to maximize the space available. One of my friends has his tiers in a step formation. Not only do you have to build it in a fashion that will accommodate all of your vegetation, but it also needs to have proper drainage, (and not into your friends apartment).
The first thing you should do is measure how much space you have and set aside a small fraction of it for your walking and storage area; I would say 10% of the amount of space you want to use is sufficient. Next, go to the drawing board, my dad is an engineer so I do this when ever I need to build something. Make a rough draft of what you want it to look like, it doesn’t need to be all fancy and pretty, just readable and easy to understand. Now, before you start buy the material you need, go back to your rooftop and measure it again. This time you should also chalk off the areas that you want to build your tiers, this is to make sure you’ve got the plans right.
When all of that is done and all of the plans are exactly what you have envisioned in your head then go to the local Home Depot, or what ever is in your area, and purchase the material. When you are there also ask about special items that might be available to you for this project. You’ll also need some L brackets, plenty of wood, a drill, a saw, some nails and screws, and also some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease.
First build your boxes; a square or rectangular unit, four sides with a good strong bottom that will be able to drain the excess water without letting all of the water go. Make sure it has proper elevation and then poor in your potting soil. The depth depends on what you’re intending to grow so ask an expert about how much soil you’ll need.
Have fun and good luck with the en devour.