City life offers countless joys and moments of excitement, but it’s often a life disconnected from nature, where stone, brick, and concrete dominate the landscape, space is in short supply, and any arable land is either claimed, blighted, or paved over. So, unless you’re one of the lucky few who actually has a small plot of land (or has managed to snag a coveted spot at a community garden) your best (if only) option is to buy some pots and soil, pick out some seedlings, and haul it all to the best space available: an unoccupied roof or balcony.

How to Build an Urban Rooftop Garden
Photography by Jacob Dean

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