A few years ago, one of my best buds started experimenting with backyard farming. She took her small backyard and transformed it during less than one summer into this amazing farming landscape. It was both

A few years ago, a few potted tomatoes produced this single tomato. Not my most successful gardening year.

A few years ago, a few potted tomatoes produced this single tomato. Not my most successful gardening year.

beautiful and edible! The produce she generated was not only enough for the family to eat, but also to have driveway markets every week.

Her example – which she made look like no sweat – has been very inspiring to me. Just a year or two before that, I had a summer where I ambitiously landscaped part of my front yard with a mix of vegetables and flowers. It, too, was beautiful and edible! But a replacement of a wall soon after resulted in undesirable soil being brought in as fill. My first diagnosis of cancer came the next year, too, and I was unable to physically keep up with the weeds.

But ever since my friend built the backyard farm, I have been itching to try something similar. I have to fight a lot of pests that she didn’t necessarily have to fight in the city: deer, rabbits, opossum, raccoons, squirrels (who dig up everything just for fun) and the ubiquitous bugs and birds.

I have a garage on the end of my house that has a flat roof with a deck surrounding it. I’ve never really used this deck out of concern for the stability of what looked like a really failing roof. I had dreamed of replacing that roof with a thriving roof deck garden that I could monitor from my office and bedroom windows. It is unlikely to attract deer and rabbits – two of the biggest threats – and I had considered options to dissuade other critters, like motion lights.

I haven’t even been on this roof in two years, fearing I would fall through. However, the weeds and wild raspberries growing on it really needed to be dealt with. So, yesterday, I headed out with my leafblower to clean it up.

I had suspected the blower would loosen more of the rolled shingles, but I wasn’t expecting it all to blow off. And I really, really wasn’t expecting to find a solid deck underneath.

I started ripping the leftover shingles off the roof until it was as clear as I could get it. I just kept looking for holes and jumping up and down to see if anything was weak. It wasn’t.

After a moment of being annoyed for all of the wasted years where I could have used this sunny-but-wasted space for gardening, I immediately started setting up raised beds. I am so thrilled about this discovery, I have sketched (and I don’t draw) plans for an irrigation system and all-natural-recovered-from-my-woods support fence for beans and corn.

I can’t wait. I hope my little rooftop deck rivals any city backyard farm.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

This blog post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. As part of the challenge, I commit to visiting five new blogs a day, chosen from a list. I love doing this! It is so interesting to me how many bloggers are out there writing so many different types of blogs. Here are the blogs I visited today:





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  1. That sounds like a huge undertaking to me. I’m deeply impressed by anyone who can keep a house plant alive, never mind a sustainable source of food. Much luck and kudos to you. I’ll be checking back in to watch your progress!

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