Added by on 2018-06-07

Watch the full episode: Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada learns about rooftop gardening and different ways to grow plants in raised beds. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: Time: Varies Cost: 0 Skill Level: Easy Tools: Drill/driver ½-inch drill bit Shopping List: Milk crates Corrugated feeding trough Landscaping fabric Packing peanuts Steps: 1. Before starting any type of rooftop gardening, consult a structural engineer to figure out if additional weight is safe. 2. Align seeds in long rows of enhanced shale soil mix, about 10-12 inches high. 3. Use drip irrigation, so the water goes directly into the root system. 4. For raised bed installed in a yard, use untreated 2’x10’ lumber like fir, cedar, or redwood. 5. Cut the lumber to desired length and use a drill/driver and wood screws to fasten the sides together into a rectangle. The bed’s width should not exceed four feet, but the length can be customized. 6. Fill the raised bed with planting soil and plants of your choice. 7. To create the feeding trough raised bed, use a drill/driver and a ½-inch drill bit to poke holes in the bottom for drainage. 8. Put down a layer of landscaping fabric on the bottom and then fill the bottom third with packing peanuts to lessen the weight of the container. 9. Fill the remaining two thirds of the trough with planting soil and plants of your choice. 10. To create a milk crate raised bed, cut out 1’x1’ landscaping fabric and layer it into the crate, or use a prefabricated square foot grow bag. 11. Fill the milk crate with planting soil and plant of your choice. Larger crops like peppers and tomatoes should have one plant per container, while smaller crops […]

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  • Александр Вавилов 1 year ago

    I really liked the idea of growing on the roofs of buildings!

  • Zachary J Hott-Salman 1 year ago

    Rooftop gardens are great, but they don't change the fact that strip malls and big box stores are extraordinary wastes of land that promote major pollution and need to be eliminated from our nation's urban development scheme if we are going to accommodate continuing population growth and stay healthy.

  • cavscout888 1 year ago

    I didn't like this one. It's great when 'green' is crazy subsidized, and a one beet can cost $5…

  • cavscout888 1 year ago

    For those who can charge $1 for each beet…

  • HAMRADIOJOE 1 year ago


  • TheEarthCreature 1 year ago

    You could definitely get 2-3 pepper plants, depending on the type of pepper, into one of those crates. They don't take up as much room as tomatoes do.

  • Jumana Lee 1 year ago

    could you send the link on the grow bags that fits in the plastic crates. please

  • Jolly Joy 1 year ago

    are you ever gonna upload more of the full house renovation project series?

  • Ryan Booth 1 year ago

    Damn, that Munters RTU behind them. Holy crap.

  • blauschuh 1 year ago

    Is this wholefoods Lynnfield?

  • discrtidunkwn 1 year ago

    any idea where to buy the presewn liners for the milk crates?

  • ganymedeIV4 1 year ago

    Actually like actually you can actually, actually.

  • D Dixon 1 year ago

    What percentage of Wholefood stores have this on top? If just a few, this is just PR.

  • Michael Juan 1 year ago

    Who else thinks that having plants on your fire escape is a bad idea.

  • Oswaldo Rabanal 1 year ago

    Love it, they should do a roof grass type system. I have seen a few places like that, wondering how they build those

  • Xano Trevisan Kothe 1 year ago

    She is pale for someone that works with garden. I really like the box/basket at the end

  • Veteran Bicycle 1 year ago

    So, I like TOH, and I like everything you do, but please don't introduce bad acting and unnecessary dramatization into what should be self-explanatory technology. Please!

  • pmcall221 1 year ago

    15 uses of the word "actually". Average of 1 every 26 seconds.

  • abghere 1 year ago

    How can one be sure the roof can take on all these extra weight of soil, plants, water, etc.?

  • Tony TheTiger 1 year ago

    why not hydroponics?