Sunday, September 28, 2008

Up on the roof...

...planting strawberries. Growing space is at a premium and you can never have too many strawberries. Plus my LEED certified husband recommended it; plants and soil act as great insulation for the greenhouse.
The strawberries will send out tons of runners that will carpet the entire roof, holding the soil and gravel in place. Want to see pretty pics of roof planting around the world?

p.s. Props and a nod to this lady's mom who planted cantaloupe and corn on their shed's roof and no expert had to tell her if it was a good idea. =)

6 comments:

Suzy said...

I can't wait till I next visit you guys and get to hang in the tree house and eat all the strawberries falling off of it! Seriously, you guys are amazing! Does the coolness ever stop? I love you guys!

tam said...

Can you pick strawberries from the tree house? Cause that would be sooo cool! Maybe you could hang planters in the tree house and eat from those. That is such luxury!
I'm very proud to have such green-thumbed relatives. I have an aeorgarden now! And it's already sprouting! I know that's cheating, but it's all I can do until I own soil!

james said...

So do i need to build a ladder from the tree house to the green house?

Lois said...

I'm no good with links, but you can find out about my crazy mother planting corn on the roof of our house on my blog titled "The Cantaloupe Kept Rolling Off" from November 2, 2007 (also listed under "Dot").

She actually terraced the roof with wooden planks and put burlap down to keep the dirt in. That way she could water the corn by just spraying up there with a garden hose and the excess water would flow through the burlap (and not put too much weight on the roof). She chose corn because it has a shallow root system.

What she didn't plan on was her vertigo kicking in when she actually went up there to harvest the corn! Needless to say, she only did this one year.

Geo said...

Simpfully gorgeous!

chris almond said...

what a cool roof garden. My school, well, the school i attend, the evergreen state college, has lots of roof gardens.