My Great Outdoors: Maria's Rooftop Kitchen Garden

rooftop balcony kitchen garden gardening for food2009greatoutdoorsbadge.gifName: Maria-Mercedes
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Type of space: Roof garden
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I am lucky enough to have a nice private roof area in New York so I decided to turn it into a garden where I could relax and grow food and plants. I enjoy gardening a lot so the process of making and maintaining the garden is enjoyable on its own.

How did you create it? I didn't want the garden to look too formal so I created it as I went along. I bought some of the furniture and trees and then started to grow herbs and tomatoes. Eventually it expanded to soybeans, squash, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, figs and peppers. Next year I hope to grow potatoes in sacks. It isn't very pretty but it is great to have your own veggies!

Recommended store, site, product or resource? Red Rose & Lavender, Crest Hardware and Sprout in Brooklyn are great stores for urban gardeners. I really like Seeds of Change brand of organic seeds. My favorite books are Growing Stuff and Organic Gardening For The 21st Century.