Category Archives: Fruit

Contrast

We all know what a powerful thing it is to take man out of the city and into nature.   When an urban hipster – adapted to the ecological and cultural niche of Chelsea or Greenpoint – spends a week in … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Non-edible Bulbs, Ornamental Plants, Peaches, Photos, Rhubarb, Seen From the Battery Rooftop Garden | 1 Comment

Après le déluge

Plants on rooftop gardens are far more exposed to the elements than their ground-level cousins.   With Hurricane Irene heading directly for lower Manhattan, it was alarming to hear the experts explain that 75 mph winds at ground level translated to … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Failures, Malabar Spinach, Nectarines, Peaches, Photos, Roses, Structure, The Visionaire, Tomatoes, Weather | 4 Comments

Fruit Report

Google “green roof orchard” and you will get . . . two, that’s right, two results.  Neither relevant.   A little more creative googling pulls up some useful information about growing fruit trees in containers, but little other than speculation about … Continue reading

Posted in Apples, Asian Pears, European Pears, Fruit, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums | 1 Comment

Rhubarb!

I have just planted three Rheum rhabarbarum‘Victoria,’ a Rhubarb variety known for its sweet tender stalks, and not generally known as a green roof plant.    I am optimistic.   They now inhabit the center of the blackberry/raspberry patch, with deep humus-rich … Continue reading

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Spring Surprises

Last year’s broccoli and cauliflower plants were left in the rear beds for winter interest.  Who would have known (actually, many of you, I suspect) that these plants would not only survive the winter, but the heads would separate and … Continue reading

Posted in Apples, Blueberries, Ornamental Plants | 1 Comment

Finally Spring

Many of the edible plants at Battery Rooftop Garden, such as the fruit trees and berry bushes, are new to rooftop gardening.   It was far from certain that they would survive the extreme conditions of the 35th floor in the … Continue reading

Posted in Berries, Fruit, Herbs, Nectarines, Photos, Weather | 1 Comment

Columbus Day Rooftop Garden Dinner

Perhaps it is climate change, or perhaps the normal vagaries of the weather.  But October 11 featured a 76 degree afternoon, and at 5:30 six guests gathered for the final al fresco roof top garden dinner of the season.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Apples, Basil, Beets, Chefs, Cooking and Eating, European Pears, Greens, Herbs, Lettuce, Malabar Spinach, Meals and Menus, Pears, Potatoes, Root Vegetables, Spinach, Tomatoes, Vegetables | 2 Comments

Construction Progress Photos

Construction of the green roof commenced in early March and was largely complete by late-May.  See “The Team” page for names of the designers and contractors involved.  Here, in chronological order, are some photographs of construction progress: Below are the open-bottom … Continue reading

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