The Rooftop Growing Guide by Annie Novak

Book Description:

If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings.

In this accessible guide, author Annie Novak’s passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best practices for raising vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees. The book also includes interviews, expert essays, and farm and garden profiles from across the country, so you’ll find advice that works no matter where you live. Featuring the brass tacks on green roofs, container gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse growing, crop planning, pest management, harvesting tips, and more, The Rooftop Growing Guide will have you reimagining the possibilities of your own skyline.

My Review:

This book was a lot more than I expected. I anticipated that it would provide readers with gardening plans or ways to arrange plants together to optimize space. I expected mostly space saving designs to make the most of limited rooftop space.

However, this book brought forth ideas that I had never considered for a rooftop garden. I especially appreciated the advice for irrigation concerns. I think the best part about a rooftop garden is that you would not have to worry about gophers!

These days many more people are concerned with eating foods that are pesticide-free and free from GMO’s. People who are allergic to gluten have to be concerned about contamination from crops grown adjacent to wheat fields. The best way to be assured that the food you are eating is as pure as you want it to be is to grow it yourself. Plus, there is a great deal of satisfaction to growing your own food.

The only thing I was hoping for in this book was strategies for use in a patio garden. Even though it was titled about rooftop gardens, I thought it might possibly suggest strategies for growing vegetables in patio gardens as well.

However, it delivers everything it should to get novice and experienced gardeners alike growing veggies on their rooftops. I especially enjoyed the pictures of successful rooftop gardens.

This book is a must-read for anyone who is looking for a how-to guide on planning a successful rooftop garden.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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