Permaculture on the rooftops
Two of our rooftops will become residential farms
We are currently building two residential roof gardens where both homer owners have asked us to leave most the planting space in their gardens “empty”.
Normally we design, install and then maintain our gardens – with much tender loving care – and it is not that these homeowners don’t trust us to do the same on their rooftops. It is because both of them are very keen gardeners and one is a keen advocate of permaculture.
Permaculture is a branch of ecological and environmental design. It develops sustainable and integrated agricultural systems that are designed to sit in harmony with the natural ecosystems around them. The design principles of permaculture are derived from the science of systems ecology and study of pre-industrial examples of sustainable land use.
One of the gardens is in Discovery Bay and the other in the South Lantau village of Pui O and both have been designed very much with the local environment in mind. Both are also very much living social spaces – with decking areas, dining areas and lawns – but most of the planting areas will be left initially with just our lightweight fast-draining soil that is especially designed for a roof garden. These will be filled over time, by the homeowners, with vegetables and herbs. And why not we say?