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  • Clarebot
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Growing plants on the roof
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:27:22 pm »
Hi everyone

So my apartment building has a nice big roof and there is absolutely nothing up there. I was thinking about asking my building manager if I can grow a few herbs for cooking and maybe some lettuce. Before I do, I was wondering if other people have done this, and what kind of success you have had? What grows well in the conditions here?

I would really appreciate any tips!


  • Jgrat
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 02:49:24 pm »
Shouldn't be a problem. I used to do it all the time. Just ask the man downstairs and hook them up with a bit of what you're growing.


  • Pecan
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2015, 02:49:29 pm »
If you live in a true high-rise apartment, isn't the door locked?

Most are.

They do it to make it harder for people to jump.

It isn't much of a deterrent, but...


  • zola
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2015, 02:53:24 pm »
Door is usually locked, but the little hatch that you climb up the ladder to should be open.

I grew lettuce in a soil box on my balcony/veranda area. It gets lots of sunlight. The first crop came in really well, considering it was effectively grown inside.
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  • kyndo
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2015, 03:08:48 pm »
Hey! Yeah, I do this too. Last year I had a planter box with strawberries, tomatoes, basil, and spearmint, all of which did pretty well.
I think this year I'm gonna buy a second planter and maybe try to grow a few peppers as well.

If the door isn't locked, then I doubt the building manager cares what goes on up there. If it locked, it might be possible to get the key in exchange for a small gift or something.

Good luck!  :smiley:


  • Clarebot
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2015, 03:13:15 pm »
Thanks for the tips guys! I will definitely give it a go. @Jgrat, good tip about giving the building manager some of what I'm growing. @Kyndo, it sounds like you had a lovely variety there!

My building has 7 floors so it's not that high and the door to the roof is never locked. You just go to the top floor and walk up a little staircase. The walls come up to my shoulders so it's pretty safe. But nobody seems to go up there or use the space for anything which seems like a bit of a shame! Maybe I can put a deck chair up there and do some sunbathing too  8)


  • Aqvm
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2015, 07:59:50 pm »
I grew kale, tomatoes, and zucchini last year. They all did great, though it was a pain to clean up at the end of the season.


  • Harpoinseoul
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2015, 09:24:40 pm »
I love rooftop gardening. Tomatoes and basil were the main things that I've grown, but also other herbs, etc.
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  • cwrintmore
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2015, 03:14:46 pm »
Hi guys. Where would you recommend to go shopping for supplies i.e. soil, planters, fertilizer and seeds? Thanks


  • Nivea
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Re: Growing plants on the roof
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2015, 03:20:20 pm »
My friend can access her roof and since nobody goes up there she can let her dogs run around up there. In every apartment I've been in mine has been locked. Its a shame, many apartment blocks make good use of that space for growing and just sitting outside enjoying the sun. Good luck with your growing. My local Trial Mart was selling gardening stuff and seed rather cheaply. Do you have one near you?