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Tomatoes and Peppers Thrive on Brewery’s Roof

Revolution planters on rooftop garden

Alan Edwards shared this photo with his product review of the Revolution Planter. He uses the top of the planter to grow peppers. To keep them watered, he’s set up a drip irrigation system.

Growing peppers in an upside-down planter

Alan has used the top half of the Revolution Planter to grow peppers. Tomatoes grow from the bottom.

When you review a product on gardeners.com, you can include a photo or two. That’s what Alan Edwards did in his review of our upside-down Revolution Planter. The photos made us want to learn more about his innovative garden. Here’s what he told us:

This garden is located on the roof of the Appalachian Brewing Co. in Harrisburg, PA. There is a deck on one half of the roof, so patrons can sit outside and enjoy a beer and food; the garden is set up on the other half. We use the vegetables for the brewpub’s kitchen. I grew several types of vegetables and even had success with corn.

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To get the dirt onto the roof, we used the brewery’s forklift. Everything must be removed in the fall because the combined weight of our Pennsylvania snow and the soil might cause the roof to cave in.

I had 30 Revolution Planters with a variety of peppers on the top and tomatoes on the bottom. These hang from metal conduit pipes attached to L-brackets across the back side of the deck. I used a watering timer with drip irrigation for water conservation. The watering lines ran across and down from the conduit. The timer was set to water at different intervals throughout the day.

Alan Edwards

Alan is production (and produce) manager for the Appalachian Brewing Co.
Rooftop garden

In addition to the Revolution Planters, Alan uses grow bags and raised beds to grow herbs and other vegetables.

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