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Admittedly, I've been thinking about rooftop gardens for awhile- I'm on the 3rd story of a building with a fire escape onto the roof of the second-story only part of the same building. Its pretty neat- and I've walked around it, looked at it, and thought multiple times "wow, I should really plant some stuff here!"

I found out that my city (chicago) has a rooftop planning guide. WOW!

Unfortunately, I have to find somebody to check out the structural support of the building- or it isn't in code and I could be fined :( Also, it tells you the load that the roof can take. This city is known for that kind of thing. bah.

There are some considerations to think about when planning a rooftop garden:

1) where you live
2) protective layer for the roof
3) drainage
4) Access
5) Fire escape/ fire-code issues (like my roof is a fire escape, so I'd have to make sure walkways were wide enough and unobstructed ).

Also I found some other sites that may be of interest to people:


And I posted a few pictures here:


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Comment by Jenn on March 7, 2010 at 3:13am
Hi Crystal! I put a link to your post where some folks were talking about sustenance gardening here: http://www.urgentevoke.com/video/a-300-year-old-food-forest-in?xg_s.... Thanks for sharing the planning guide. I wonder if other cities have this as well. This was a super helpful post. I especially like how it features information on how-to move forward. I'd be very interested to continue hearing about your next steps. :)
Comment by Crystal Bellar on March 7, 2010 at 3:32am
When I was reading through information, some countries like Sweden and Germany have requirements that there be so much rooftop gardening, because of its benefits. I bet there is alot of information surrounding city growth in cities there. I'm unsure about US cities though,
Comment by Jenn on March 7, 2010 at 4:39am
Great to know, thanks. I'll look into that. :)
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 7, 2010 at 5:33pm
+1 Knowledge share. Excellent post! Structural support and other issues can be critical in urban areas. Collapsing buildings would certainly be unpleasant to say the least!
Comment by Paul Houcek on March 8, 2010 at 7:55pm
Hi Chrystal, you can join my blog at http://www.rooftopgardeningblog.com to learn about roof top gardening. I too am in Chicago and enjoy my rooftop garden and am anxious to hear about your progress. I hope you get a chance to go to the Home and Garden show at Navy Pier. There are great venues that high light roof top gardening. Paul
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 8, 2010 at 8:01pm
Good stuff! If my roof wasn't slanted as heck, I'd have a garden on it already...
Comment by Elastika on March 12, 2010 at 5:03pm
These are also my plans in the near future. I have a small house with flat roof :)


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