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Container, balcony and rooftop gardening

Getting started

Gayla Trail's guide to container gardening provides many ideas and tips on getting started.

An important resource is An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony by Lara Lucretia Mrosovsky. Order this guide online (US residents click here).

Toronto Balconies Bloom has an introductory guide to balcony growing.

Sheridan Nurseries has a few tips on containers and balconies.

A more detailed look at container materials in Urban Farm Online.

Balcony garden DIY from EcoMan

Plants to grow in your containers:

The Bowery Project and Johanne Daoust's flickr site have lots of inspirational photos of what can be done with containers.


Digging deeper

In addition to a number of inspiring rooftop garden projects, Alternatives Montreal has a comprehensive rooftop gardening guide with instructions for building your own containers.

Composting on a balcony is possible - container composting and vermicasting

To reduce watering, you can add a self-watering system. Articles from Young Urban Farmers and Robin Frolic

For the ambitious, why not build your own hypertufa container?

RUAF's article Multifunctional rooftop horticulture: a promising strategy for intensifying horticulture production in cities reviews research and examples of rooftop food production from around the world.


Shopping list

Standard plastic containers and ceramic planters are easy to find at garden centres, hardware stores and dollar stores. You can also experiment with just about anything you might find from old sinks to footwear. 

Specialized systems are available from:

Young Urban Farmers  

Backyard Urban Farm Company (BUFCO) - raised beds

Urban Farm Organics - hanging systems



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