Friday, November 7, 2008


With a nod to Bruce, I cleaned up the rooftop garden and starting getting ready for winter. Since I still have some lettuce and spinach in a box, as well as a box of onions and herbs, I didn't get it all taken care of but I'm on my way. Like Bruce, I first emptied the water in my boxes. With mine, I just covered the top and put the box on its side to drain the water. Since we had some warm temps recently, I let the boxes air-out a bit before covering them with clear, 4mm, plastic tarps.

For my spinach/lettuce box, I wanted to see how long I could go into the season, so I built a low tunnel, using 9 gauge wire fastened to the wooden structures with wire tacks. I also put a thermometer under the tarp to see the temp differences.

The last thing I did was transfer a few herbs from the boxes to Pop Bottle SIPs, made famous by Bob Hyland ( We'll see how they do.

It's been a great growing season and we are working on some ideas for next year so stay tuned.


H2 said...

Beautiful, Russ. Looks tidy and ready for winter. Let us know how the temps fluctuate under that cover.

We still have a few exposed bucket SIPs with greens and kale up on the roof--they love this weather and taste better than ever.

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