Gardens in the sky
Putting a roof over your head is one thing. Putting a garden or any
sort of greenery on top of that roof is a far more complicated matter,
usually requiring the combined talents of a landscape architect and a
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Welcome to my world! :-) Living on the north side of Chicago close to
downtown, I have zero yard, the building is built along the perimeter of
the property line. The only garden I could have is in the parkway and
after that became established, I needed to expand. Three years ago I
build a second story garden on a roof. This required that the "roof" be
reinforced to floor standards (I.e. it has the same strength as an
interior floor). I originally planned to plant a lawn up there but that
seemed too complicated and could cause more issues down the road than it
was worth in cost. Instead, I built 2 large plant boxes for wildflowers
and then individual containers for everything else. Not having a lot of
space, efficiency is everything. Coated plywood lined milk crates became
my choice for containers because they're square and they fit together
neatly. Anyway, to get a picture of it, I started a 2004 album at:
This year I stopped growing tomatoes because they take up too much space
and get ugly when they mature and will cram in a lot more containers and
The 2003 album can be seen at:
I'm thinking maybe next year of expanding to the main roof which would be
a third story garden. The problem is re-inforcing a roof to handle the
heavy load from the planters and doing it on the sly so I don't have to
deal with the Department of Buildings who haven't a clue about anything
that doesn't fit into one of their cookie cutter designs.
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