A man in New York is taking advantage of the ‘urban heat islands’ that a concrete jungle creates in order to grow exotic ‘hot-house’ veggies in his rooftop garden. It can be a hostile environment up there in the NY skyline, so the appropriately named Zach Pickens has been selectively saving seeds from his most resilient plants for several seasons now and has produced a range of Rooftop Ready Seeds (a pun on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds), which he makes available to other budding urban gardeners. As the seeds are acclimatised to the harsh city environment, even the notoriously ...


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