Rooftop Garden (July 2007)


Panoramic of the Roof Garden July 21, 2007.

The following was found in my archives and is dated for July 14.


The rooftop garden is coming along beautifully this year. I do believe it is my best year yet. I was shocked to discover that on final count I am growing 14 tomato plants and 2 tomatillos. Most of the tomatoes are mid-sized determinants and 3 are indeterminants. I am growing the same number of tomatoes at my community garden plot with a grand total that far surpasses the total number of tomatoes I have ever been able to grow at one time. Thrilling! And yet it still doesn’t feel like enough. When I think of how hard it was to narrow things down to these varieties, I pine for all of the varieties I could grow at one time if given more space. Sigh. And yet I have so much more than most gardening, apartment-dwelling city-slickers. The more I garden, the more I want to garden and the grander my ideas grow. It is hard to be satiated with limitations. After all of these years there is still so much that the process of gardening is teaching me about patience and feeling satisfied with accomplishments within any given moment.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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6 thoughts on “Rooftop Garden (July 2007)

  1. Have you thought about hooking up gardeners to gardens? My brother went away this summer and left me his 40×10 vegetable plot. I could only get to it once a week and with out mulch the weeds went a little bonkers. He is open to having people come and garden in it. I thought about setting up a forum for connecting the two. Have you ever thought of doing that on this site?

  2. i’m thinking about having a small rooftop garden …
    may be start small and see where it gos …
    thanks for the info in here …
    appreciated it …

  3. Starting small is wise. Containers need to be watered everyday and that can be overwhelming if you begin your life as a gardener with more than you had anticipated. Get your feet wet and increase the number when you’re ready.

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