Inspired after attending a dinner on the rooftop garden at the Brooklyn Grange last year I began my first garden last year in my rooftop cabana. I dream of seeing gardens covering the rooftops of NYC. I love to go up early in the morning when it's particularly quiet to look at the East River and the bridges beyond, tend to the garden, and just observe and note the changes I (and my neighbors) have seen since I started planting last year. A drone (bee) came to visit for a while..my neighbor on with a garden on the ground level saw him too; butterflies, birds and birdsong more varied since I moved to Williamsburg 2 1/2 years ago. This year I decided to start from seed. I bought packets of beans, carrots, lettuce, onions, sunflowers, tomatoes and left them in a container with a lid. I kind of forgot about them and started with a flower garden. After one of the first thunderstorms of this season, I notice water in the container, along wit h the seed packets floating around inside, most of which had opened. I looked a bit closer and let's just say, germination had begun! The problem was figuring out what seed was what plant....The beans were easy, the sunflowers look like sunflower seeds...but lettuce, carrots, onions aren't so obvious..So I just planted them all, and called it my mystery garden. Eventually the leaves would reveal the plant...It's a few weeks in, and I've figured it out, and have begun offering some of my other rooftop neighbors the seedlings to start their first gardens. I can't wait for the first salad from Dolce Cabana...
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