How to Grow an Urban Rooftop Container Vegetable Garden

John from goes on a field trip to Hamilton Tavern, a pub in Baltimore, Maryland that is growing food on its roof. In this e…

25 Responses to “How to Grow an Urban Rooftop Container Vegetable Garden”

  1. I enjoy your field trips so thanks for sharing them, they help me be a
    better gardener, especially giving me some new ideas and shape the future
    of my personal gardens.

  2. Wish I knew you were in Hamilton. I live 4 blocks from there and would’ve
    bought you a beer or 2 or 3…

  3. The Key Word Here is safety, dont overload the building

  4. His eyes are not getting smaller. Shut up!

  5. Another great video! I’ve designed out my garden for next season, mainly
    using recycling bin that I got for free at the state recycling plant. If I
    took a 5 minute or so video walking you through my plan would you give me
    feed back? I’ve learned almost everything I know about gardening from your
    videos, so it would mean a lot to me. Thanks — Adam

  6. Calculate for snow load also!

  7. Hello, thanks for new video!

  8. Nice John. Don’t forget the cooling benefit of having the containers on the
    roof absorbing sun energy.

  9. I would love to utilize my rooftop but weight is a major concern. What I’d
    like to find are plants with a high edible content to dirt ratio. In
    another words, one pot of dirt to grow a lot of plants. Lettuce would not
    be it but malabar spinach, sugar snap peas, etc. Any other recommendation?

  10. You’re spoiling us John!

  11. “Right where you need it… on your roof” haha

  12. Itwasallwonderfulnot Reply July 12, 2014 at 6:35 am

    As always love your videos! Love the field trip videos too.

  13. That is no lie!

  14. Valarie Cummickey Reply July 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I am looking for walking onions fro our school gardon do you have any that
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  15. Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens Reply July 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I did mention the weight thing several times in this episode. 60 lbs was my
    estimate. but even at 40 lbs a pop, thats some serious weight. That was an
    old school brick building so it was probably fine in that instance.

  16. Drip irrigation is good but sub-irrigation is much better. These planters
    could easily be made into sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) offering increased
    production and water conservation. There would be no environmentally
    unsound runoff or threat of water leaks in the roof. Drain hole containers
    are clearly wasteful. Both water and oxygen are essential for vigorous
    plant growth. SIPs provide both a water and oxygen reservoir. Drip
    irrigated planters do not. Inside Urban Green

  17. a green roof will also help keep the roof cooler reducing the amount of
    energy it takes to cool down stairs

  18. George Washington Reply July 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Wow….imagine if 10% of america did this. ..

  19. Why not garlic, beets, or onions? I grow them all in very shallow beds.

  20. Your videos always make my day!

  21. eewh produce traveling 1500 miles on a smoggy highway

  22. John! Make a bloopers video!

  23. Good idea. I think I will get started on that when the snow melts next May.

  24. Great idea… the weight issue could be substantially lessened if shear
    braces were used… it is a bit dangerous for the structure unless it was
    built for weight on the roof… but since it is brick it is it is something
    to maybe brace the corners a bit… at least in Earthquake country like
    where we live… but I love the idea of urban gardening… very green!

  25. SomeDorkStoleMyName Reply July 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I used to grow a rooftop garden on top of my houseboat. I had dwarf fruit
    trees, blueberries, strawberries, herbs, and switched between summer and
    winter vegetable crops as the seasons changed. It was fun! I’m glad to be
    back on dry land though.