|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: It is unfortunate that every person desiring to have a garden may not have access to open spaces, but even city dwellers can start a rooftop garden to fulfill their need to cultivate their own plants. In just about every congested metropolitan area rooftop gardens are quite common, as all that is really necessary to start a rooftop garden is a reasonably level roof and a good plan sprinkled with a little bit of knowledge.
In addition to the obvious benefits of starting a rooftop garden they can often become a center of socialization, especially in apartment buildings where tenants tend to congregate and share space as well as conversation.
Step 1: One of the most important aspects to start a rooftop garden is to assure that the garden is safe for all concerned. Because heavy containers are placed on a roof of often considerable height, it is imperative that there is absolutely no chance of anything falling from the rooftop garden, including gardening tools. It is also a wise move to assure that there are no trip-hazards present in your rooftop garden.
A good rule-of-thumb is to make certain that there is at least a five-foot walkway around all of the plants in your rooftop garden for the sake of safety. Similarly, when you start a rooftop garden it should not contain excessively large planters, and it needs to be established that the roof is structurally sound enough to handle the added weight of a rooftop garden.