Before Paul and I moved to Mazatlán, we lived on ten acres in the country. We loved to garden, and my vegetable patch was gigantic. (The picture link is during the winter, here’s one from summer) When we moved here we thought we’d be happy just growing ornamentals but as time went on we started to long to grow vegetables again. With the birth of the Saturday organic market we realized the dreams could become reality. Paul bought some heirloom tomato seeds and off we went!
Friends had talked about a friend of theirs who gardened on her roof. In the back of my mind was always the thought that I would love to have a tour. At long last we got to know each other and I finally asked if she’d mind showing me her garden and I got a warm “Of course, I’d be happy to!” Hurray!
So yesterday in the early evening Paul and I and another friend headed over to Val and Roy’s place. A couple of blocks off the ocean, most people would have been afraid of the salt air or the brisk breezes, but not these two. They remodeled their house with the garden in mind and you’ll see the built in concrete planters around the perimeter. Roy installed drip irrigation in the bottom of the planters (he brought the supplies from NOB) and has masterminded their rolling tinaco-cum-compost bin, too. He said they turn the water on to the drip irrigation for about 11 minutes a day.
Val’s soil is a mix of 1/3 garden center soil, 1/3 Super Abono Natural (she buys at Home Depot) and 1/3 peat moss. She collects vegetable matter in a garbage can with a lid and rotates it into the tinaco compost bin when it needs more. Val used to collect horse manure for the garden, and now a baker friend saves eggshells for her which are dried and then used to top-dress the tomatoes.
They started out gardening with just some tubs on the ground (you’ll see the almost finished cucumbers in them) and are planning on getting some hard-walled baby pools for lettuce and shallow rooted plants. They’ll lay a layer of rock or gravel on the roof and then put the pools down so that they can be perforated for drainage.
So now I’ll show you their garden. It is getting toward the end of the growing season here – the heat and humidity in the summer would be challenging for gardeners here. Val and Roy head North in May so they let it go over the summer and start fresh in the fall.
I hope you found this tour as inspirational as I did. In a future post I’ll show you changes we intend to make to our sunny patio space.Stay tuned!