Living at a high elevation in Flagstaff, AZ with considerable snow in the winter, there are not many flat roofs around to take urban farming to the next level. Still, I was very interested in reading the recently released The Rooftop Growing Guide by Annie Novak to look for new ways to promote and incorporate creative gardening ideas in the community. While we do not have many flat residential roofs, we do have to think outside the box in order to fit personal and community gardens into our urban setting.
The Rooftop Growing Guide is filled with interesting ideas and unique solutions to combat the city garden challenges we face. What may not work on our pitched roofs could work perfectly on an upper balcony or deck. In fact, some techniques like vertical gardening in containers would probably work better on a balcony that faces the sun rather than on a roof completely exposed to the wind, rain and direct sunlight all of the time. From my gardening experience, I think that just about everything in this book can be adapted to any urban setting regardless of the building types.
A wealth of information on every area of city gardening is included in this book. Standards like setting up cold frames and compost bins are sprinkled throughout but this volume also includes much more than just the basics. Chapters touching on rooftop honeybees and rooftop bird habitats show a wholistic approach to the urban farm taking place. Everything from “how to” schematics to zoning and building codes are well written and explained in simple terms. Dozens of photos compliment the text. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh perspective on gardening in limited space.
I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.