It’s August 1st and I am just admiring my rooftop garden this year. I’ve been amazed with the results and I wanted to share some results using the Fish Emulsion fertilizer. I was looking for a more responsible way to fertilize my garden and I’ve been quite pleased with the results. My vines just exploded this year. This is year 3 for the vines and they are now covering most of the walls to the staircase. I disliked the plastic siding and was looking for a way to cover them. I have a very small container but they are doing extremely well.
In addition, my trumpet flowers are just amazing. Again, growing in a pot.
Wooden Container supporting the vines
Trumpet Flower – City of Chicago Lake Front View
Vines – Spreading quickly in 2010. I had very little growth from 2008 – 2009.
As the weather is getting warmer and we start the design process for creating a rooftop garden, spend some time getting inspired by other rooftop garden spaces and look at different ways you plan to use the space. If you rooftop garden is large enough, try to create different rooms or vignettes and break up the space. I’ve divided my rooftop garden into several sections. I have a “Living Room” with a couch, chair and table under a pergola, a “Dining Room” with a table, 4 chairs, and canopy, a “Relaxation Space” with a lounge chair and table next to my fountain and trees, a greenhouse for my vegetables, and a greenhouse for my plants. Each of these spaces are not screened off but I’ve strategically located plants to define areas. They about using the space for a Jacuzzi, a cutting garden, or even place for storage.
I look for focal points within the rooftop garden. My exit to the rooftop is in the middle of the building. As you exit to the right, the focal point is the large pergola. You are drawn to that seating area. I tried to link link the inside of my house to the rooftop garden space. I am more of a minimalist gardener and have chosen cooler colors for my plants. It is extremely hot on the roof in the middle of the summer and I prefer the cooler colors of blue, pink and purple and avoid the reds and the yellows. I also have kept the patterns the same with beige and lighter colors which are the same inside my home as well.
Start drawing a plan and make sure it is to scale. Look at the proportions of the overall space and let your imagination flow.
Vertical Gardening System
I have been wanting to create a vertical garden on my walls of the staircase that lead to the roof and I decided to install one of the systems on the the south side the structure to see how if will do. I had started the project late in the fall and most of the plants did come back this year. I did have to fill in a few places and leave it grow horizontally for a month so that roots would be able to form. My goal is to place several of them on the south side of the building and fill in one wall on the west side of the building.
Happy 4th of July!
Going green: A Hotel Bungaraya staff member inspecting the vegetables on top of the hotel in Batu Pahat. — ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG / The Star
BATU PAHAT: The top of a six-storey building along Jalan Sultanah here used to be empty and forlorn.
But under Peter Chew’s tender care for the past one year, the “wasteland” turned into a thriving space of healthy greens.
Chew, the Hotel Bungaraya manager, said he loved gardening, but work commitment kept him away.
It all changed when he went to the top flo…
Source: Planting healthy greens add colour to ‘wasteland’ – Nation | The Star Online