Last summer, I moved from a home with a yard to a new development downtown, downsizing and simplifying my life, intentionally shrinking my mortgage and my carbon footprint.
I no longer have to do yard work, and my one block walk may be the world's shortest commute.
I also now garden up in the sky, taking advantage of my new decks and what appears to be their own microclimates for growing vegetables: somewhat protected from wind ... and there's plenty of sun.
Summer up there was hot and harsh to the tomato plants; they didn't do so well. Next summer, there will be more shade.
The experiment continues this fall, with two big tubs, a makeshift greenhouse, some tubing to take care of the drainage, and daily vigilance to the temperature. Will it be successful?
So far, so great! I've harvested mesclun
twice now, my spinach and broccoli look encouraging, and I have some carrots and other things just sprouting.
Even better: it's getting into the later third of November, and I have seven healthy, volunteer tomato plants looking vital green and intent on further growth.
Any tips from other urban gardeners for this novice?
Next month's update: do the neighbors know I'm playing with goat poop, straw and foodwaste up there