Two months ago, I introduced my big family to you. Now I would like to introduce my family's garden. How many acres does it take to feed our large family? Well, first of all, we don't even own a backyard since we live in the business district. Our “yard” is a tiny square of sod that can hold nothing more than a few marigolds. The rest of our “backyard” consists of a cement parking lot. Not too much growing potential there!
While it is my dream to one day own an organic farm of several acres and supply my family with plenty of fresh produce, for now I must be content with our little rooftop garden. The contents of this garden vary slightly from year to year.
What are we able to grow on our roof? Well, for starters, our main crop would definitely be tomatoes (we currently are growing about forty tomato plants). Tomatoes are just so much tastier when they are home-grown. We also have an herb planter that contains oregano, thyme, lemon balm, marjoram, basil, etc. Some years we grow a few eggplants or bell peppers.
Flowers are a welcome addition to our rooftop garden. Favorites include sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, hollyhocks, columbines, celosia, dahlias, and geraniums. We also have three rosebushes.
Our garden is rounded out by a persistent rhubarb plant, a few strawberries and raspberries, and even a small grapevine.
We make the most of what we have and this statement is not only true regarding our little rooftop garden but it applies to our family life in general.