March 7, 2014

Spring Roof Planting (and Planning)

We are so thankful for the continued partnership of Metroverde’s Judy and Kevin Songer.  Judy and Kevin have been planning and advising me on the preparation of the Green Roof we desire for spring.  I long for the wildflowers and the [...]


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Seed Harvest on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

This time of year, many folks think our roof is overgrown and unruly, when, in actuality, there’s a lot of life going on up here. First, all of the extremely tall flowers you see in these photos are the mustard [...]


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Winter Garden on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

A lot of folks have been asking me lately, “So, do you have anything growing on your roof this time of year?” Many are surprised at the fact that we have a garden filled with healthy veggies such as arugula, [...]


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Zoo Poo on the Breaking Ground Green Roof!

  I never thought I would be so excited to write about poo, but when Bob Chabot from the Jacksonville Zoo offered us over 2 yards of herbivore compost (non-meat eaters) to fertilize and amend our soil, I just couldn’t contain [...]


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BGGR Worm Composting: From Kitchen to Roof Garden

In this video, BGGR friends, TJ and Asia, illustrate how worm composting (vermicomposting) can be used to enhance a garden. You will see them in the background harvesting worms from their castings (yes, that’s a nice way of saying that [...]


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After the Rain on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Below are photos taken today up on the Breaking Ground green roof after experiencing a couple of days of rain. We are happy to report that although Jacksonville has been experiencing its worst drought in over 90 years, the grasses [...]


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They’re Back! Lady Beetles on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Today’s is just a short post to say how happy we are to see the lady bugs (lady beetles) return to the Breaking Ground green roof after the winter months. They were apparently drawn by dinner….aphids! Some of the remaining mustard green [...]


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Strawberry Plants on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Strawberries on the roof??? Wow, that takes me back to when I was a child growing up in Tampa, FL, and my family used to pile in the station wagon for a short trip over to the fields of Plant [...]


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Video: Stonewall Jackson Elementary Students Plant for Winter on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

January proved to be a perfect month for harvesting and planting on the Breaking Ground green roof. Our temperatures have been mild and the weather has been gorgeous! We would certainly love a little more rain, but we’ve been happy [...]


Stonewall Jackson Elementary Students Visit the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Planting broccoli, chard and lettuce on the Breaking Ground green roof Having students visit our roof here at Breaking Ground Contracting is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for us. Long before the roof was even designed, we [...]