Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Rooftop Growing Guide by Annie Novak | A Book Review

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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.  Novak discusses why people plant gardens on rooftops, how to get yourself (and all your supplies) to your roof and whether to use containers, greenhouses or plant directly onto a green roof.  She goes into depth the different kinds of soil needed for different plants as well as how to start seeds and deal with pests and plant diseases.

What I love about Annie Novak's approach to this book is that she doesn't limit her subject to gardening only.  She also briefly discusses the possibility of beekeeping or the raising of farm animals such as chickens in a rooftop garden as well as growing larger species of plants like shrubs and trees.  

There are beautiful color photos of rooftop gardens all over the city and lots of graphs for things like crop rotation and temperatures needed to grow via hydroponics.  Recipes for homemade pest deterrents are included.  Novak has thought of everything you need to know in order to plan, plant and harvest from your rooftop garden.  

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in gardening.  Even if you don't plan to garden on your roof, you can still use the principles and ideas shared in this book for your container garden or backyard plot.

The Rooftop Growing Guide is available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  For more information about the author or to learn more about this book, visit the author's website.

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