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Food Garden over flood area in concrete backyard

Posted by design367 6 (My Page) on
Fri, May 10, 13 at 13:49

I am renting a home in center city Philadelphia and have a small walled concrete slab for a backyard. The slab is very old and has sunken such that when it rains all the water/other junk bypasses the in-ground drain and pools in the back corner. It then sits there for a day or two while it evaporates.

I am thinking about building a small food garden over that spot. Is this a good idea? Should I allow the rainwater to pool under the garden or should I try and seal the bottom so no water passes underneath?

I am worried that the rainwater may cause mold or other damage if it sits.

Fixing the concrete is not an option because I am renting and the landlord already said no.

I am open to all suggestions. Thanks!


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RE: Food Garden over flood area in concrete backyard

I would be concerned about the drainage. Having water sit for a day or two is generally not a good thing. I think raised beds (I'm thinking like raised beds that are tables) might be your best bet

Here is a link that might be useful: Raised bed tables


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RE: Food Garden over flood area in concrete backyard

  • Posted by jll0306 9/ Sunset 18/High De (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 12:03

Container gardening is the way I would go. You can have a lush looking patio now, and take the plants with you, or sell them if you move.


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RE: Food Garden over flood area in concrete backyard

I agree that container gardening is the way to go. I also live in Philadelphia. I grow my vegetables in containers in my yard. I went to Home Depot and bought 6 concrete blocks and a piece of ply wood. I put my containers on top. The raised bed planters are also very nice that were recommended.


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