My rooftop garden with Sub-irrigated planters did great this year. For the last several years Ive had a rooftop garden and had a little production, but I am definitely sticking with the SiPs from now on.
My tomatoes were just awesome, had just 2 plants - a brandywine and a purple brandywine. At peak was getting more than I could handle, and they were just huge perfect tomatoes and they continue to produce 1-4 tomatoes a day.
My zucchini was really great early on, grew an Italian heirloom Costata Romanesco. Probably the best Zucchini I've ever had. After a great start, it became a summer long battle with powdery mildew and spotted cucumber beetles. Once the zucchini got really bad I should have disposed of it, but out of stubborness and guilt I fought it all summer long. Never got a single zucchini once the powdery mildew got bad. Managed to keep the plants alive, but to what end? Guess I learned my lesson and next year I will not take it personally when a plant takes a nosedive.
Had 6 various pepper plants, cayenne, jalapenos, some frying peppers and some bell. I was really disapointed with them early on, but they have become heavy producers of great peppers late in the year.
My 2 varieties of bush beans were great - jade and Royal Burgundy from johnny's seeds:http://www.johnnyseeds.com/catalog/prod ... ns&item=16http://www.johnnyseeds.com/catalog/prod ... &item=2944
They were a little slow to get going but the 10 or so plants have produced pounds upon pounds of delicious fresh beans. The jade were particularly delicious.
Planted some cucumbers in mid July, they are just starting to produce right now so I wont know how they are till later. Grew a hybrid variety called Diva.
Grew a lot of beets this year nestled in between flowers and herbs. early in the year I kept snipping off the young greens and then let them mature after a while. The greens and the beets were delicious. Have a second crop growing now for a fall harvest along with some kale, baby lettuces and radishes. The beet leaves were quite beautiful as well and are nice as an ornamental themselves.
Strawberries (ever-bearing) are producing fairly heavily now but they have been a bit underwhelming flavor wise. I suspect its due to getting some no-name hybrid from home depot. Have no clue what variety they are. They have been mildy sour and fairly bland. At least the flowers were pretty =)
Herbs have grown like crazy this year. More thyme, marjoram, tarragon, basil, chives, chervil, lavender, rosemary than I can deal with. Radishes and lettuce has also been nonstop all year with our fairly mild summer.
So overall, a great year so far. Still another month or so with fall crops. Learned a lot! I'm already eagerly anticipating next years early spring plantings.
If you're interested, a few of us have been blogging about using SiPs this summer here: http://greenroofgrowers.blogspot.com/
and here is my chaotic collection of garden photos over the summer: http://flickr.com/photos/wheattoast/col ... 288736400/