Backyard Gardener Part 10: Rooftop Gardening


BANGOR - As things continue to come along in our garden, we set out this week to see how others are growing. Finding one organization that's making use of space, up above. Our Erin Thomas has the latest in "Backyard Gardener."

When it comes to rooftop gardening, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Horticulturalist Kate Garland, says the growing season actually starts a month earlier.

That's the advantage the folks at the Hammond Street Senior Center have when growing veggies on their roof. 

But it didn't always look like this. Now the top of the old brick building holds multiple hand-made boxes, each hooked up to an irrigation system.

A way of watering that takes less time and keeps crops hydrated when the temperatures rise. Which garden co-founders, Charlie and Gale, say does tend to happen.

Another perk, this mirco-climate extends their growing season an extra month into the fall.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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