The Rooftop Garden’s Summer, Thus Far

IMG_0056 (1)The Roosevelt Wabash Rooftop Garden is still in swing as August begins, with another outdoor garden workday scheduled for tomorrow—Tuesday, August 3rd, from 9am-12pm. We are planning to harvest, water the garden, and make some repairs to the leaning trellis, as well as do some light weeding if time allows.

For the Spring/Summer of 2015 to date, we have harvested approximately 11 pounds of the following: collard greens, swiss chard, spinach, arugula, nasturtium, carrots, broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts, mint, thyme, basil, oregano, dill, cilantro, and rosemary!

This year has especially had its obstacles, with many unidentified pests making homes on the rooftop and grabbing their lunch in the garden plots, to days and days without rain, and to keeping up with production so the plants would not over grow and be past harvesting.

With the help of a handful of dedicated volunteers, we were able to take this summer (thus far) with a grain of salt and start thinking about how to do things differently in the coming years and growing seasons. Yes, seasons! Eventually, we would like to extend the time that the garden can produce—possibly by starting planting now for a late Fall 2015 harvest of some select vegetables.

We are always looking for ideas, comments, questions, and especially for volunteers!

If you would ever like to learn more, volunteer, take a tour, or implement the garden into your class, please feel free to contact Rebecca Quesnell at

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