Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» When do I prep potted raspberries for winter?
by trolleydriver Today at 1:19 pm

» Can i just mix up the Mel's mix right in the garden box?
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:42 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:19 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:13 pm

» Please Welcome Our Newest Forum Moderator!
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:07 pm

» Fall garden push
by Cajun Cappy Today at 9:52 am

» who has chickens
by bigdogrock Today at 7:12 am

» N&C Midwest: October Happenings!
by MrBooker Today at 7:05 am

» Sanderson's experiments with Bio-Flora Ag Products
by dstack Today at 6:13 am

» Flowers that easily reseeded
by yolos Today at 12:07 am

» The Research Journey:Composting Leaves Only
by yolos Today at 12:01 am

» Jade Plant
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:21 pm

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:20 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:53 pm

» Fun Spider addition to Home Page
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:49 pm

» The Research Journey:Back to Eden Organic Gardening 101 Method with Wood Chips VS Leaves Composting Garden Soil
by plantoid Yesterday at 6:47 pm

» The Research Journey:Growing in a Raised Wood Chip Organic Gardening Bed
by has55 Yesterday at 7:16 am

» The Research Journey:Building Healthy Soil
by has55 Yesterday at 7:13 am

» the Research Journey:How to Grow Large Healthy Organic Tomatoes
by has55 Yesterday at 7:07 am

» Bountea Compost Tea - Got it!!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:23 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:28 am

» Straw Bales with Seeds?
by donnainzone5 10/24/2016, 11:50 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by jimmy cee 10/24/2016, 10:44 pm

» Notice: Gluten-free Recipes Sub-Forum- Up and running!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 10/24/2016, 9:20 pm

» Our Newest Regional Hosts!
by Scorpio Rising 10/24/2016, 8:56 pm

» Indian Solar Gardening Calendar
by Scorpio Rising 10/24/2016, 8:52 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by rajmahendra 10/24/2016, 8:36 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals 10/24/2016, 1:23 pm

» last chance to pre-order baker seeds-rare seed catalog
by sanderson 10/24/2016, 12:48 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie 10/24/2016, 7:37 am


Search SFG Forum

An SFG...on the Roof

View previous topic View next topic Go down

An SFG...on the Roof

Post  MeyerLemon on 6/22/2012, 1:51 am

Currently I have my SFG in the backyard. Our lot is really narrow, just 43', and we are planning a massive remodel of our tiny 700 square foot house and tiny detached garage. We thought we would just be doing the garage with a renovation loan, but the loan officer pitched the idea to me last night to do all of it, house garage and the whole lot, at once. The new garage will have a 2nd story office/studio, and will shade my entire backyard! I complained very loudly about losing my garden space to a garage to my architect, and he came up with 2 4'x10' sections of planting areas to put my garden on top of the garage! So....I will have 2 SFG-able spaces. Since they will be on the roof and enclosed, I plan to do maybe 2x6 construction so the dirt is 6" deep. Is this enough? Should I go with 8"? Or even 10"? It will be on the ground, on a roof constructed for this purpose, so drainage will be well handled. Actually they will probably have plywood bottoms set on gravel. Should I use something other than plywood with drain holes? Seems like that would have to eventually be replaced.

I would love to hear any thoughts anyone has. I'm building my dream house/garage, so crazy ideas welcome!

(How did I do this? Apparently the FHA 203k renovation loan program is still going strong. As long as your property appraises for at least 110% of whatever you need financed, you can do it! I never plan to sell this property, so with the low interest rate being 3.8%, and me currently paying 6.8%, even though my loan balance is increasing my mortgage is not really going up much. Pretty crazy!)

I would like to incorporate SFG into as many spaces as possible. I know I'm doing a 2' x undetermined length around the perimeter of my front yard. All of my landscape plans will either be edible or produce edible things! I want to see how much I can grow on this little lot. Very Happy


Posts : 31
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : CA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: An SFG...on the Roof

Post  Kelejan on 6/22/2012, 2:17 am

It sounds a very intersting situation. I hope you keep us posted on progress.Very Happy


Female Posts : 4358
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 81
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

View user profile http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: SFG on the roof....

Post  tabletopper on 6/22/2012, 2:24 am

Try to contact Boffer on the forum....he makes metal frames covered with hardware cloth....they would last you forever...his is tabletops....he is in Yelm, Washiington and can give you lots of advise....check out his pictures in the Gallery....

I understand Mel has worked with the powers that be in San Diego ...near me.....and the Father Joes Catholic Church...for the homeless to grow veggies on the new Convention Centers rooftop and probably earn themselves some money and supply the homeless kitchen with food.....

Good Luck with the remodel...and the rooftop.....Happy Gardening......Ruth


Female Posts : 235
Join date : 2011-02-19
Age : 92
Location : Chula Vista,Ca

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: An SFG...on the Roof

Post  RoOsTeR on 6/22/2012, 6:23 am

6" is all you need.


I am my gardens worst enemy.


Forum Administrator

Male Posts : 3870
Join date : 2011-10-04

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: An SFG...on the Roof

Post  walshevak on 6/22/2012, 11:54 am


Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast


Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4306
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 73
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: An SFG...on the Roof

Post  Turan on 6/22/2012, 12:34 pm

Just yesterday I was remembering my grandmother's garage roof vegetable garden. She lived on the hills in Berkeley so the garage roof was the same elevation as the kitchen door. A tar roofed protected spot like that is about what is needed to ripen a tomato in the Bay Area. Her beds were about 2'x4'x12" and if memory is correct were made from plywood. I think the dirt was compost she got from some one with a plot at the community garden. She grew herbs and salad stuffs and cherry tomatoes. This is long before Mel wrote SQF. Good memories Very Happy

Another friend of ours in the Portland area grew everything on his roof in rubbermaid tubs. That way he could move them if needed and rearrange etc. He even had oranges and Kefir limes up there in rubber maid tubs.

You might need to do some experimenting to find out the optimal depth for your situation. Factors might be how often you can water, how hot does the roof surface get, etc. 6" is a base, I hear 8" in desert?


Find more about Weather in Belgrade, MT
Click for weather forecast


Female Posts : 1997
Join date : 2012-03-29
Location : Gallatin Valley, Montana, Intermountain zone 4

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: An SFG...on the Roof

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:07 pm

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum