Planting the roof

Our plugs were delivered this past Thursday and I’ve started planting.
First, I took some stepping stones and made a path to where we will have two hanging chairs and a little patio area. In between the stones and in other areas of the roof, I’ve put in some accent plants. They may or may not do so well on the roof. I added more compost to hold the water, and put some “hollytone” to bring down the pH (which is ~8). I’ve put in Calendula, Yarrow, Roman chamomile, thyme, Sage, Rosemary, lavender, Dianthus, chive and nodding onion, lambs ear, and a few other things.

The plant plugs look fantastic! Very healthy! The man who delivered them said they should do very well on our roof, and will love the 4 inches of soil. He thinks they will really take off in just a month or so. We will water them every 1 1/2 weeks for the first year, if we have no rain, and put a 10-10-10 fertilizer on them to give them some food to start with. I’m planting them 9 inches apart to allow for spread, and I’m grouping them in clusters, so there will be big splashes of color everywhere (as opposed to totally random plantings). It’s going to be so beautiful!

They are so tiny… can you see them???

8 thoughts on “Planting the roof

  1. I just read your blog and stare open mouthed. You have introduced me to many things I had just not thought about. The bees..the roof…the walls of your house..the chickens. This city girl is glad to live down the road from you!

  2. Gorgeous, Maria!! I can’t wait to see them take off! Keep the pics coming…I’m so excited for you guys :)

    One question…what’s holding the soil back from the edge of the roof so that a heavy rain doesnt wash the soil and plants off?

  3. How totally awesome is that?! A garden right on your roof! The herbs are my favorites. Cna’t wait to see pics of it in bloom. Congrats.

  4. oh wow! they look awesome! i can’t wait to see them grown out. it’s going to be so nice. the patio area sounds divine.

  5. How cool is that? I LOVE that you are putting herbs up there. How exciting. You guys have come so far in your progress.
    Congratulations on achieving your dream.

  6. Robbyn,
    The roof has a very gentle slope, but still, we have timbers of Locust all along the edge for the soil to butt up against.

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