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A new rooftop garden will provide fresh food for New Orleans conventioneers

Building maintenance workers at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center place soil in a new 225-feet long and 3-feet high cedar planting bed for a rooftop vegetable garden. Photo by Frankie Prijatel

The garden will provide freshly picked vegetables and herbs to Centerplate, the convention center’s food and beverage provider.

By Kendra Parks
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Aug 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Team members assembled multiple 3-foot-by-225-foot garden beds growing different types of tomatoes, cauliflower, herbs, root and leafy vegetables. The beds are filled with a sphagnum moss base and 49 cubic yards of Laughing Buddha soil mix incorporating worm castings and peat moss.

Borage, marigold, nasturtium and chamomile will be some of the edible flowers planted with the vegetables. Basil, dill, oregano and parsley also will be interspersed in the plantings.

The first fall harvest should yield up to 86 pounds of tomatoes, 26 pounds of peppers, 78 pounds of bush beans and 30 pounds of salad greens (kale, collards, Swiss chard and more), according to a press release.

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