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The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable Garden or Farm

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  24 reviews
If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. In this accessible guide, author Annie Novak’s passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best practices for rais ...more
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Published February 16th 2016 by Ten Speed Press
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Jackie
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might be biased (friend wrote it, my photos are in it), but I thought this book was ace.
Katherine
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
An excellent resource. Most applicable to large-scale rooftop gardens, but even as a wouldbe small-scale container gardener, I found this had a lot of useful info for me. She goes above the 'gardening 101' basics that most of these books cover, and sprinkles in a few beautifully lyrical passages. ...more
Bryony Angell
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and presented, and a pleasure read as well as an informative guide. Having read about Annie Novak and this project in magazines, it was satisfying to hear about why Eagle Street Rooftop Farm was such a trailblazer for commercial urban farming, and what part Novak played in getting it off the ground.

I am an admirer of people who grow food, while not being a edible gardener myself. Even so, this book's appeal was its voice for all, whether you needed the technical and administ
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Kait McNamee
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a page-turning thriller, but it definitely provides a TON of information, both anecdotally and factually. I love how the book takes us to different farms, showing different methods, with details all the way down to growing media and watering as well as zoning, staffing, and even buying seeds. This really is a comprehensive guide, not just for rooftop farming, but for farming/growing in general. This is one of the rare books that I got from the library then decided to purchase since I' ...more
Laura
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comebackto, gardening
although this really looked larger scale than what I am up for right now it really reviewed all the basics and also showed many variations and options which made it very inspiring. it also had some great tips from larger scale projects to ways to plant certain plants on a smaller scale.
Julaine
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book with lots of information.
Erinmmcarlson
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely and thorough guide to how to make and maintain a garden on a roof. I appreciated how well the author Annie Novak wove pratcital instructions, storytelling, photos, and charts together.
Sofia Cavalleri
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fact of being able to grow food in the city is so empowering.
And the book actually helped me design a rooftop garden for my Agroecology course!
Nathan Albright
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by blogging for Books/10 Speed Press in exchange for an honest review.]

From time to time, although not very often [1], I collect books that deal with urban agriculture. I find a certain degree of irony in this, in that I grew up as a child of farmers and gardeners on both sides, and without any particular green thumb or driving interest in farming, I have nevertheless continued to find myself involved in agricultural efforts and seeking knowledge in s
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DelAnne Frazee
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Rooftop Growing Guide - How to Transform Your Roof into a
Vegetable Garden or farm
Author: Annie Novak
Published: 2-16-16
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Pages: 256
Genre: Home & Garden
Sub Genre: Crafts & Hobbies;
ISBN: 9781607747086
ASIN: B00XST7VE8
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

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Rooftop Gardening is not a new concept. It has been around over 6000 years; 4000 bc - 600 bc Mesopotamian Ziggurats (rectangular step towers sometimes surrounded by a temple); 490 bc The Hanging G
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Sherry Lynn
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to see this book offered for review. I couldn't wait till I received it!
And, I was not disappointed.
This is a very interesting topic to me. I'm not planning on
a rooftop garden but the information I think can be used when planning a container garden or patio garden.

From the inside cover . . .
If you'd like to grow your own food but don't think you have the space look up!
. . . Annie Novak's passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best
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Jalynn Patterson
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. In this accessible guide, author Annie Novak’s passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best practices for raising vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees. The book also includes interviews, expert essays, and farm and gard
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Lecy Beth
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
The Rooftop Growing Guide is a book about... you guessed it - growing gardens for those who are green-space challenged. If you are interested in planting a garden in a non-traditional space, this book is for you, giving you full details for what type you should plant depending on your space, what to grow, what kind of soil you need and how to deal with irrigation, balancing pH and growing in direct sunlight.

This book is split up into sections that follow the logical process of planning a garden.
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Tina
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is ideal if you want to do some serious gardening and you are a city dweller. There is much info and advice on checking city codes, soils, containers and pest control. There are diagrams and easy to follow instructions to make a cold frame, wind screen, garden plans and more. I am in a rural area so I didn’t need this book for rooftop gardening but I needed to learn about pest control, garden planning and planting, maintaining healthy soil and the scoop on containers.

There is an entire
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Robert Durough, Jr.
Wow. There is no simple, shortcut way to describe the wealth of information found in The Rooftop Garden: How to Transform Your Roof Into a Vegetable Garden or Farm by Annie Novak without creating an outline with a plethora of bullet points. Text, charts, diagrams, sketches, interviews, tips from other professionals…greenhouse, potted, and complete rooftop farming…construction, tools, legal & safety warnings, business tips…water, soil, seeds, pest control…and so, so much more! The photography is ...more
Nadine
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been trying to get a garden together for awhile now. Mainly I have just been lazy and have not done the proper research to see what I can grow in the space that I have. Basically, I need to have a container garden and so that can be a little more limiting. When I saw The Rooftop Growing Guide, I thought....this is going to be perfect for me! I was right!

Now, don't let the title of the book fool you. This book is so much more than just rooftop growing. There is an entire section dedicated
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Diane Estrella
This is definitely not a book for beginner gardeners. I like that the book does give very detailed and step by step things to do to achieve the rooftop garden of your dreams. I think time-wise and money-wise it would be difficult to go from zero to one hundred in one season of growing. This is, for me anyways, a taking baby steps kind of endeavor.

Currently, I do not have a rooftop set up for gardening. I am definitely looking into it as it would alleviate the daily attacks I receive from the hun
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Misty
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the perfect book for anyone considering creating a rooftop garden. It has everything that you need to know in order to create your own roof top garden. It even has step by step instructions which is very nice. The best part is you do not need any prior experience in gardening or building in order to create your own rooftop garden. This book would be good for professional and novices alike as it has everything you need to know without any technical jargon to confuse you.

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Denise DiFalco
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latest, favorites, own
Annie Novak does not miss a beat in her "The Rooftop Growing Guide -". There is numerous reasons outside of lack of space that a gardener may want to transform their roof into a small farm. Those who live in rural areas, as myself, would be thrilled not to have to contend with the many creatures on the ground - namely moles, rabbits and deer. Thus I was excited to read this book and gain some new in sight.
The author suggests to the reader to '"Grow with the Pro's"' stressing to use her book al
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Ilana
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The knowledge and lessons learned go beyond the Eagle street roof farm featured in the book, with many tips about how to do the regular maintenance, be aware of the local authorizations, how to build a subirrigated container, calculate the rooftop sun exposure etc.. It also has a consistent colletion of websites and other references where everyone can find inspiration and advice for his or her rooftop project.
Disclaimer: I was offered the book for review, but the opinions are, as usual, my own
Helen K
It is a guide to gardening/container gardening with info tacked on about ceiling loads. While I understand the need for a load bearing ceiling if you're going to be dumping heavy wet soil, trees, etc. on it, that seemed obvious and the rest of the information is attainable elsewhere.
If you're serious about the idea and need the basics outlined as well, then this will be a great help.
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Polly Krize
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An amazing resource for city dwellers wishing to grow their own food. Rooftop gardening is definitely not a new concept, using containers or creating beds, but this step by step book provides an up to date look at this intensive practice. One for the gardening shelf for sure!
Ruth Feathers
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've always done container gardening or traditional gardening, and never paid much attention to unused urban spaces. This book gives good information about what to look for in prepping these spaces, including being aware of relevant legal codes and structural issues. Definitely a useful reference book. ...more
Hannah
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book on rooftop gardening I've read. Very informative. ...more
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