March 16, 2016

The Rooftop Growing Guide by Annie Novak - Review

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: February 16, 2016
Number of pages: 256
Genre: Non-Fiction, Gardening

If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. In this accessible guide, author Annie Novak’s passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best practices for raising vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees. The book also includes interviews, expert essays, and farm and garden profiles from across the country, so you’ll find advice that works no matter where you live. Featuring the brass tacks on green roofs, container gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse growing, crop planning, pest management, harvesting tips, and more, The Rooftop Growing Guide will have you reimagining the possibilities of your own skyline.

What did I think of this book:
I thought this was a very information packed book. There are lots of details for all the different things you need to grow your own rooftop garden. You can also use this information for building a small spaces garden. I liked how they included pictures and illustrations of things to help you understand better what they are talking about. This is a book that you can use over and over as a reference guide as you are setting up your own garden. Another thing I enjoyed was the personal stories that were offered up. This book will be well worn by the time we are done with it. 

About the author:
Annie Novak is a writer, illustrator, and an internationally recognized expert in rooftop urban farming.

Among other media, Annie's work in agriculture has been featured in New York Magazine, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, and the Martha Stewart Show. In 2010, Annie was voted the Cutest Organic Farmer in the country by the readers of the Huffington Post.

Annie writes in her own words for The Atlantic. Her work has appeared in Wilder Quarterly and Diner Journal, among other publications. The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Turn Your Roof into a Garden or Farm is her first book.

To learn more about Annie, visit

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