Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Off the curb...into the garden

"My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view" ~ H. Fred Ale

When you have a container garden on a rooftop, plants need to be elevated off the hot tar of the roof to provide proper air circulation, and to keep them from baking. I have a variety of ways of accomplishing this. All of my plants are on repurposed or recycled objects ie: wooden pallets, baskets, wineboxes, even some discarded burners from a vintage gas stove. The wave petunia sits on a metal vanity stool that I curb-shoppped. I love trash day (how many people do you know that say that?) LOL. Yesterday I found a little three-legged wooden stool on the curb. I brought it home, tightened the legs, painted it with some leftover paint I had and it became a new plant stand for this Sedum. Many of my plant containers are also curb-shopped, people buy plants for their gardens and discard the containers, thank you very much! Just clean them up and disinfect them and you have a nice little collection of containers to start seed in and/or plant up.

More from the garden...

Portulaca
...anyone know the name of the little bitty companion flowers in this pot?

...the pesto bed

...the Husky Red Tomato is fruiting

...overview of the garden

P.S. Thanks to Lucy for identifying my little bitty flowers. They are Lobelia Crystal Palace. The flowers/veggies I did not start from seed I buy at the Coit Road Farmers Market and I neglected to get the name of these. Such a pretty little flower.

11 comments:

Grace said...

once again, i'm really enjoying the variety of colors in your garden! and that tomater looks so promising. :)

Lucy said...

Linda your rooftop garden is looking so good, healthy, and so full of color. Loving your new "find" ;-)

Do I see a chair in the background??? Nice place to have your morning coffee ;-)

OhioMom said...

Thanks Grace .. when I look at the Husky Reds I see a BLT! :)

Yep Lucy that is my sittin spot .. it is shaded early mornings and late afternoons, I enjoy coffee and/or iced tea while plotting additions and changes to the garden. DH always acts like he is not with me when I poke around for curb treasures .. lol .. and is always praising what I do with them later.

perennialgardener said...

Wow Mom the rooftop garden is looking great! Your thrifty curbfinds have added so much personality & character! :)

shambo said...

You've done a wonderful job. I would never have imagined a rooftop garden that was so interesting and full of character.

OhioMom said...

Thanks Racquel .. my neighbor says the whole roof should be planted up ... hmmmmmmm

Thank you very kindly Sue :)

Claudia said...

The entire roof should be planted up! All roofs should! What a grand garden. My seed-growing was not a success - bought 12 basil plants and then unexpectedly my basil from seed took off! I will have pesto for the year! Your tomatoes are way ahead of mine.

OhioMom said...

Claudia that is what my neighbor said, wonder if anyone would like to make contributions (soil, etc) to the project ... LOL My basil was a slow starter, now it is jumping. The cherry tomatoes are finally starting to turn red .. I can't wait to eat my own maters :)

Who Has Time To Cook? said...

I am so envious of your garden. My herb garden grew out of control. My tomatoes got hit by late blight. Argh. I suppose there's always next year. I'm currently harvesting my remaining herbs and freezing them (since I just realize that my cilantro peaked and I missed it and now I have none.) Hey -- I'm new to this. -- Jean

Elenka said...

I couldn't picture your garden on a ROOF! Thanks for the photo...I see....
Looks pretty healthy for roof plants. I probably wouldn't take as good care of them like you do.

OhioMom said...

Who has time .. I dry my herbs and store them in glass jars for later in the year, wish I had planted more parsley as I am using up the fresh at such a pace that there may be none of that for later.

LOL Elenka .. my husband couldn't picture it either, now he brags to all who will listen on how we "eat from our garden" :) The nice thing about containers is I don't have to deal with weeds!