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Giving Urban Gardening a Try at The Bartlett Building

By Jeannine Denholm
Published: Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 07:21PM
Bartlett Rooftop Eric Richardson [Flickr]

This bright yellow container features dill, onion and chive.

Two months ago I finally decided to try my hand at growing a few herbs and vegetables in containers on our rooftop.

Inspired by all the gardens popping up on balconies and the popularity of green rooftops, I thought the plants could be a perfect fit for a small portion of the common space at The Bartlett Building.

I really don't have a green thumb at all. In fact, everything I have grown inside my loft has died, including a 9-foot King Palm tree I got for a housewarming gift nearly four years ago. Sorry Sylvia!

My garden started off small: just a few tomato plants and a container of basil. But miraculously the tomatoes and basil finally started to do well, and I decided to keep adding more plants.

Fast forward two months and my mini garden with its enviable Downtown skyline view has mint, basil, chives, onions, dill, lemon sage, oregano, majoram, three varieties of tomatoes, lavender and rosemary. I use most of the herbs for cooking, am planning on drying the lavender for sachets and keep looking up recipes for the other herbs I never used before.

At some point, our building may build a few raised beds for lettuce and other vegetables but for now I'm happy with how things have turned out.

It looks like a lot of sun and water is really all you need to make plants happy. Now if only I could figure out how to make it work inside my loft.


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