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If you are like me and live in a small space, you probably don’t have much room to garden. There is a growing trend going on in large metropolitan areas and that would be to grow a roof garden. Enjoy this collaborative post on how to get green fingered from the rooftops.
If you live in an urban area with very little outside space to call your own, it can be difficult to know how you are going to flex your horticultural muscles. Where space is tight, you need to think outside the box and consider your options. Just because you don’t have a rear garden to speak of, you may have a balcony, a shared allotment space or a rooftop.
Rooftops can make the most wonderful garden areas as they bathe effortlessly in sunlight and there is often more of a footprint to make your green-fingered mark. Take a look at these ideas to inspire you when planning your outdoor rooftop space.
If you’ve ever ventured online to research the latest eco-friendly humble abodes, no doubt you’ll have seen the fully turfed roofs that the most eccentric sustainable folk have chosen to install. While they were once the domain of richer gardeners, they are now becoming more accessible to the masses.
A lawned area can lead to a wildflower meadow-like feel that will attract all sorts of wildlife from bugs to birds. For a haven of peaceful tranquility that needs very little effort to keep on top of, sowing a few wildflower seeds and grasses will need little more than regular pruning and coiffing.
If you are lucky enough to have a larger footprint on your rooftop, think about creating a set of zones. You may want to create a water feature, a barbecue area complete with decking, a small rockery herb garden and some traditional shrubbery such as rose bushes and dahlias.
If you are installing some decking to act as a solid base for your socializing space, ensure you use specialist products from a company like Expert Chemical so that your material remains durable and resilient to footfall.
For anything requiring mains electricity such as lighting or a water feature, you will need to ensure that you have easy access to your property to power your fountain or your orb. Although you may have illusions of grandeur, make sure that you don’t go over the top and try to cram too much into your rooftop area. A simple water feature, a little patch of greenery, a decking area and some potted herbs may be all you need.
For The Family
Ensure that you utilize every part of your urban space for the benefit of the entire household. If you have little human beings in the house, try and have a play area or kids zone. Giving them an outside patch may get them off of the Playstation and outside to become more physically active.
Alternatively, you could encourage their green fingers from an early age. They might enjoy growing tomatoes, tending to the largest marrow they can mature, or pruning their very own piece of privet topiary.
A garden needn’t be at the rear of your property and needn’t be vast. The tiniest areas can be effective and usable so long as you remember the importance of quality over quantity.
Green Fingered Rooftop
Have you seen or do you have a green fingered rooftop yourself? This is something I would definitely try if I lived in the middle of a larger metropolitan area. Let me know what you think in the comments below.