I'm moving into a new 1st floor apartment and, through a fluke of architecture, I now have private use of both my own 4x4 meter (~12.5' x 12.5') terrace and the roof of the adjacent building, which adds another 4x8 meters. So I'm working with around 48 square meters (500 square feet) of empty, contiguous, rectangular-shaped space (more than I have inside the flat!). Assume the roofs are in good shape, capable of bearing alot of weight, and approved for garden construction by the various people in charge. The location is South London, and the roof faces North but receives some sunlight throughout the day (especially in summer).
The question is, how can I use this space to create a garden that is peaceful, welcoming, and productive of a large amount of vegetables, herbs, and flowers? I've seen this
, but I'm really looking for more specific info how to make the garden great for hanging out AND for maximizing yields of edible and pretty things. Any advice on design, plant varieties, or resources to check out?
Assume that I'm handy and that I'm willing to commit some money and a lot of elbow grease to this project. I'm also planning on putting some of my big sculptures out there, and possibly incorporating them into the gardening (trellises, that sort of thing).