Book Review: The Rooftop Growing Guide

by Toni Leland

Though the title might be uninteresting to the average gardener who isn’t planning a rooftop garden, this wonderful book is filled with information that is invaluable to anyone who wants to be successful in gardening. The Rooftop Growing Guide by Annie Novak is anything but boring!

Of special interest to this reviewer was the voluminous information on container gardening. Rooftops lend themselves to plants grown in containers rather than in a layer of soil, so the author has thoroughly covered the subject.

Once one starts reading, this is a hard one to set aside. For those interested in transforming a city rooftop into a viable, living environment, the book covers how to assess your proposed rooftop, the what and why of rooftop soil, starting seeds, using flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees in such a setting, as well as dealing with problems like wind and rain or snow, and critter damage.

The book is interspersed with success stories for commercial rooftop gardens, many of them grown and managed by restaurants where the produce is used fresh on a daily basis. The appendix and resource lists at the end make this a book to have for just about anyone.

Disclaimer: I received this book for review, but if I’d had a glance through it at a bookstore, I would buy it!