Author Archives: franhalsall

18 months and still growing

Well we’ve been at this rooftop garden project for a little over 18 months now and it really does look like a proper garden now.  When I was up there the other day I could actually hear the sound of … Continue reading

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Thriving plants and happy insects

This ‘miniature woodland’ is growing well in one of the larger planters and is currently my favourite part of the DINA rooftop garden.  It illustrates the idea of multi-layered growing, albeit in a simplified manner.  If this was a well-functioning … Continue reading

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January update: looking back and moving forward

Although there has not been that much to report, work has been continuing at a slow pace on the roof top. As there has only been the lightest of frosts to deal with, planting has been ongoing throughout winter as … Continue reading

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What’s in the box?

From the outset of the project it has been my plan to get hold of some shrubs; to give the rooftop garden a good start, ecologically speaking.  On a rooftop shrubs are a good stand in for trees, as they … Continue reading

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Seed update

Out of the big batch of donated seeds, 15 species were sown in mid September and most have proved to be more successful than I initially imagined. Much effort went into selecting the part of my greenhouse that receives the … Continue reading

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Growing intent

The first of the plants has now gone in.  For no especial reason this was a honeysuckle, or rather two of them taken from my own garden.  To generate these new plants I capitalised on honeysuckle’s useful trait of sending … Continue reading

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Getting seedy

Our project has received a generous donation of seeds from Christos Papachristou, of Ecotopos  landscape consultancy.  The seeds are mainly herbaceous perennials plus a few annuals, all of which come with particular wildlife benefits. Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’ – attractive … Continue reading

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40 more plants and growing

Two days ago Richard and myself were kindly allowed to raid his Mum’s garden and we gathered together 40 plants for the project.  The haul was a combination of unwanted plants growing in the wrong place and the offspring of … Continue reading

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Paradise on a shoestring

Committing myself to the DINA rooftop garden project seems like the most natural thing in the world. Having run out of room to do anything more in my own garden, and with many spare plants lying around, I am only … Continue reading

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