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 not only helpful, but also inspiring for a number of contexts—large-scale rooftop farms with serious soil depth to small potted spaces. Informative and easily navigable for when working on projects, The Rooftop Garden is useful as both an educational tool and reliable ongoing resource. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in using any existing space for some edible growth, but also for those who have space and haven’t even thought about it—the effort appears to be worth it on a number of fronts!
For my fellow Coloradans in the Denver-metro area with balconies and/or flat roofs not already covered in solar panels, this is definitely something to look into, pending any legislative barriers like our laws against collecting rainwater. Seriously, check it out!
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.