First things first.
The Rooftop Growing Guide by Annie Novak isn’t quite what I had hoped for, but I’m not going to hold it against the book. I don’t have a roof suitable for a garden, but I have a sunny patio. I was hoping for a book that would house a good amount of information about container gardening, but it really is a book for overall guidance on rooftop gardens.
You might be thinking, “no duh, the title is pretty self-explanatory.” In my defense, there’s a lot of crossover information, so maybe you can forgive me being a bit too optimistic at the time I turned the cover.
After getting over my disappointment, I can tell you that this a great informational book. There’s a section about assessing your climate, microclimates, sun exposure, etc. There is some information about container gardens, like making your own sub-irrigated container (which I love to call a self-watering container and it annoys my roommate to no end – haha). But the container gardening information is only about 10 pages.
I liked the section about irrigation methods and how to maintain a healthy soil. The latter also has a very useful information about composting. I wish I had this knowledge on hand when I had started my compost pile. I might have gone with a tumbler system instead of an upright barrel system. It’s more expensive, but I think it would have worked best for me. (And looking at the Compost Troubleshooting grid reminds me that I should turn my pile.)
There is some planting advice, but it’s fairly basic. The chapter is 22 pages long, and 4 of them are dedicated to harvesting your plants. The chapter that, to me, shines the most is the chapter about pests and problems. It covers pest control, insects, and common plant disease. The pictures were helpful, and there’s also mini-section about DIY/organic pest control. (Note to self, try a nightshade spray and/or garlic oil this year.)
Do I like this book? Yes.
Will I use this book? Mostly not.
Would I recommend this book? Only if you’re actually planning on having a rooftop garden. (^_^)
Disclaimer – I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I’m not getting paid for this post.