The Greenest Thumb! Contest: KWJ's Comeback Kid

The Greenest Thumb! Contest: KWJ's Comeback Kid

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 28, 2006

Name: KWJ
Location: Gowanus, Brooklyn
Size: 4X6
Favorite Resource: the Gowanus Nursery, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, GRDN, and the Seed Savers Catalogue. I have been known to pull up wild plants (aka 'weeds') growing in sidewalk cracks, too.


"After my container garden bottomed out of the running in last year's contest, I set out to grow some prettier stuff and to take better photos of what I've got. I offer up my industrial romantic rooftop garden, eked out of the wilds along the Gowanus canal.

Like my interstitial neighborhood, wedged between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, my garden's a bit of a secret. No one can see it from the street. ..." [more below]

The formal constraints are tight: Because we rent (and aren't even supposed to be out on the roof) everything has to be in an easily moveable, lightweight pot. The climate out there is also hot, dry and windy. And, since I'm a starving graduate student, I've had to keep things cheap. (Hence the salvaged plaster

Right now, the best elements of the garden are the nasturtiums, the marigolds, and the lavender. I've also got lots of morning glories, cherry tomatoes, herbs, some sedums, a hardy honeysuckle, geraniums, and sunflowers.

The lavender is alive this week with honeybees.

love, kwj

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