16 Jul Container Gardening Tip #1-Watering
Because some of our containers are on a rooftop, we had to rig up a different watering system for obvious reasons. It wasn’t practical to lug buckets up and down the stairs or sling a hose over the roof wall. Drainage was also a potential big problem with a flat roof prone to leaking here and there. Here’s how we solved it.
Water Spigot- My dad rigged a water spigot up on the roof to which we attached a hose. It works just like the ones on the ground around the house.
Plant Placement– After drilling holes in our plant containers, we propped them up with bricks underneath two opposite edges.
Water Catchers– To prevent water from hanging out on the roof too long, we purchased the flimsy, foil pans you find at grocery stores to slide underneath to catch the water. These can become mosquito havens so I empty them frequently.
Water Holes– We cut holes in the wall to allow the water to move off the roof. If you want to make the best use of this water, find a way to catch it below and reuse it. And when I empty the water catchers, I just tilt the pans toward the holes in the wall.