Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

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.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New England Nov 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 8:53 am

» Today's Harvest
by trolleydriver Today at 8:51 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 8:49 am

» Happy Thanksgiving All!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:26 am

» Birds of the Garden
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:44 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:33 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 11:55 am

» My new compost heap
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:20 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 11/21/2017, 11:55 am

» Alternative cover to straw for overwintering strawberries.
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/21/2017, 9:38 am

» First Frost!
by brianj555 11/20/2017, 3:27 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 11:29 am

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 8:56 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 11/19/2017, 1:16 pm

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/19/2017, 11:14 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 11/19/2017, 11:07 am

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising 11/18/2017, 7:34 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 11/18/2017, 4:12 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals 11/18/2017, 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver 11/18/2017, 9:26 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

» Pickle recipes
by sanderson 11/15/2017, 4:12 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  dstubbs on 5/16/2010, 12:44 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm relatively new here. My SFG is on my rooftop. So far I haven't come across anyone else on the forum doing this, and I'd be interested to hear from anyone who is and get your advice.

Thanks!

avatar
dstubbs

Posts : 135
Join date : 2010-05-11
Location : Saint John, NB (zone 5)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  Chopper on 5/16/2010, 8:58 pm

I am curious, did you check with the building owner and was there any issue with the extra weight on the roof? Was there an engineering analysis? Those are the issues I am aware of in rooftop gardens.

Also, what about security? Is this a group thing or just you? Do your neighbors know about it? Anyone else in the building interested?

I doubt you will find any other rooftop gardners here, but except for the height, your issues should be the same as any other table top SFGardner.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 62
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  dstubbs on 5/17/2010, 7:40 am

Hi Chopper,

Good questions. I own the building and it's just my family in it, so no issues with permission. The immediate next door neighbours on one side (it's an end unit rowhouse) could get up there, but no one else. (I told the neighbours about the garden plans before I built it). I did think about weight load, so I am limiting my garden to the four raised boxes, all of which are just 6" deep except for 4 squares of 12" in one box, and that one is positioned close to the structure of 3rd story of the house (the front half is one story taller). I didn't have an actual engineering assessment, but I know the building pretty well, having renovated it extensively and I'd say there's no comparison between 1870's building standards and today's -- everything was far more solidly built then and the beams are huge. I am actually more concerned about the roof surface as it was newly done a couple of years ago and I don't want to damage it. I have all the beds raised on feet to allow for very easy drainage for that reason.

I guess the main difference I have noticed is that it's windier up there. I built my trellis out of bamboo stakes rather than metal conduit, as the bamboo will flex a bit. The bamboo stakes are attached to the outside of my box with the metal strapping used to hold pipes to a wall. Once the plants get growing and up on to the tresslis I may need to figure out a way to anchor the top of the trellis to something else, probably the roof of the 3rd storey. It will also get more sun, I think, but that's ok as the little bit of yard I have is heavily shaded and my neighbourhood is prone to fog, so the more sun, the better. My SFG gets sun from about 11 am on until evening because it is shaded on the east side by the 3rd storey of my house and partially shaded by a taller building on the south side. Most of the exposure is north and west.
avatar
dstubbs

Posts : 135
Join date : 2010-05-11
Location : Saint John, NB (zone 5)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  new2this on 5/17/2010, 7:46 am

That's interesting. Great way to make use of space (or lack of).

I have to ask.... .....where are you located? NB? is it in Canada?

new2this

Female Posts : 215
Join date : 2010-03-05
Age : 42
Location : southeast MN, zone 4a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  dstubbs on 5/17/2010, 8:38 am

New Brunswick is a small province on the Atlantic coast of Canada, next to Nova Scotia and just east of the State of Maine in the US.
avatar
dstubbs

Posts : 135
Join date : 2010-05-11
Location : Saint John, NB (zone 5)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  Chopper on 5/17/2010, 1:22 pm

My brother lives in a top floor 'condo' in Salem, MA and the beams are exposed and those things are monsters - 18th century. The house has a bit of a tilt to it, but it is certainly well built. I would not hesitate to put a few thousand extra pounds on his roof either.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 62
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  Wyldflower on 5/17/2010, 1:39 pm

One possible advantage is the heat from the roofing material - since you're in NB, I would imagine it should extend your growing season. How hot is it likely to be in mid-summer on the rooftop?
avatar
Wyldflower

Female Posts : 530
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 66
Location : Colorado Springs, CO Zone 5b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  dstubbs on 5/17/2010, 2:07 pm

Because I'm right on the Bay of Fundy, it's not uncommon to be socked in with fog for half the summer. Sometimes spring and fall can actually be warmer than summer here. I'm actually hoping to get a little extra heat reflected from the roof (the roof surface is grey, not black, so shouldn't be too intense).
avatar
dstubbs

Posts : 135
Join date : 2010-05-11
Location : Saint John, NB (zone 5)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: anyone else have a rooftop SFG?

Post  Sponsored content


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