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SPRUCING UP YOUR ROOF DECK

space-and-company-roof-gardenBY STEVE DRABKOWSKI (www.steve.searchphillylistings.com)
 
Now that the weather is finally getting warm, it is time to start dealing with that roof deck , patio, back yard or even balcony. I know, this is that space you have been ignoring for the past few months, but now is the time! No matter how small the space, a few plants will brighten your view.
 
Many new houses come with good sized roof decks, and these are a perfect place for container gardens, they get lots of sun and are usually out of the reach of squirrels. I have been fortunate to be able to see some wonderful roof gardens, complete with shaded seating areas, fountains and great views. But you don’t have to do anything this elaborate to start with. Try some planters with favorite herbs and a tomato plant or two. Remember that plants in containers will tend to dry out quickly in the heat of summer, so water well in the early evening.
 
If you have a back yard space that is just about all concrete, you can create raised beds and plant away to your hearts content. Raised beds also allow you to use clean soil, so you can avoid any lead issues.
 
Fortunately, there are lots of resources available to answer any garden questions you may have. Two of the best that I have found are Urban Jungle in South Philly and City Planter in Northern Liberties. Both places have a good selection of plants, planters and gardening equipment. The staff at both places are ready and more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
 
You can find City Planter at 814 North 4th St, Philadelphia (215)-627-6169, http://cityplanter.com and Urban Jungle is located at 1526 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-952-0811 http://www.urbanjunglephila.com.

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