Green Roof Experiential Learning – Fall 2014 Blog 1 by Nicole Forbes

Green roof modules at the beginning of the semester, fall 2014

Green roof modules at the beginning of the semester, fall 2014

Weeding and plant counts, fall 2014

Weeding and plant counts, fall 2014

Blog 1 – September 29, 2014

My name is Nicole Forbes and I am a student for the HORT 485 class aka The Green Roof Experiment. The objective for us in this course is to maintain and collect data on two green roof sections that are made up of many smaller modules and the two living walls. We are trying to establish what plants grow best on roofs in Texas, in hopes of being able to further expand this project successfully throughout the state.

The first portion of this course has involved removing and counting invasive weed species that have overtaken some of the modules and then taking inventory on the surviving plants. It has been a grueling process but will be very informative on which plants will thrive on the rooftop environment. We are also preparing to plant numerous crops in about a week. I am very excited to see how the crops fare and am hoping we can find crops that flourish on the roof. One thing is for sure, it is difficult to find plants that can survive on a rooftop in Texas.

Below are a few pictures I have taken of the roof so far. The top picture is of a few of the modules that have recently been weeded and inventory has been taken. The bottom picture shows our set up for when we work complete with our own tent and fan for when we need to cool off. You can also see some of my fellow students weeding and taking inventory.

This has been a very interesting learning experience and I am excited for it to continue!

 

 

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