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   Apr 14

Urban Gardening: The Green Roof

Gardening on Rooftops

Photo Credit: Rooftop Garden Hyatt Regency Hangzhou by Markatnm

People living in urban areas who want to have a garden of their own faces one main problem – the unavailability of space or land area to have their garden. In cities, what we can mostly see are buildings made of concrete, concrete roads and patios – everything almost concrete. In short, there is a limited amount of space for gardening when compared to the countryside. If you think about it though, these problems just limits the space for gardening below or on the ground, but doesn’t really stop you from gardening. So why not bring your garden to a higher level? Literally!

The idea of having a rooftop garden is fitting if you have limited or no space to create your garden. This idea is not new to the world. Rooftop gardening was first practiced in ancient Babylonia. It was the idea of the king of Babylonia, Nebuchadnezzar II, who had it built for his wife who is very homesick and wanted to see plants from her homeland. It was known as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Today, you do not need to be a king to have a “hanging garden” of your own. You can have you very own rooftop garden. But before you make this possible, you should consider a few things first. These things are essential to building or making your very own “green roof”.

The Rooftop

This may sound basic but you really have to consider first the condition of you rooftop. Make sure that your rooftop can support the weight of the garden you are planning to have. If you want to make sure whether your rooftop can be installed with a garden, you can have the roof checked by a credible licensed engineer. Through this, you will be guaranteed that if ever you have a rooftop garden installed, your roof will not fall down.

Plant Containers

Most of the time, plant boxes cannot be used in the rooftop unless your home or apartment building is newly built and the plan included a rooftop garden. Anyway, plant containers can be used. Always remember that the plant containers should contain enough soil or soil of about one gallon. The soil mixture should be composed of equal mixture of top soil and compost.

Water Needs

The rooftop garden is exposed to too much heat and winds that can dry up the soil and the plants easily. This is because of the physical position where the garden is located. The rooftop garden should be watered daily and be checked for signs of drought.

Once you’ve checked out all these items, you can start on your rooftop garden right away. So get creative and if you need tips, you can always apply some of these ideas on your rooftop gardening. If you are still having trouble, you can always leave a message on my contact form and I’ll be happy to help you out!

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