Gallery: Urban Organic Gardener Grows a Lush Vegetable Garden on His NY...

With March just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning out this year's garden. You may think that your tiny New York City apartment has no room to grow delicious vegetables, but think again. All buildings may not have access to a porch or a yard, but there is one outdoor space that every apartment must have: a fire escape. Mike Lieberman, the brains behind the Urban Organic Gardener, grew a beautifully bountiful food-producing garden on his tiny 2" by 3" East Village fire escape, and by following his tips and tricks, you can do the same!

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  1. curve August 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

    It’s not a matter of kicking the plants off the fire escape during a fire. It’s a matter of falling off the fire escape or falling on it and blocking the escape of others. There is a reason this is illegal and irresponsible and it is unbelievable that you could post such irresponsible encouragement of this practice. Shame on you.

  2. Elissa.Paskin January 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Fire escapes are for escaping fires. Growing a garden on it impedes access for both residents and firefighters. It is also illegal.
    I hope in the future you will be more socially responsible.

  3. mhopebish May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Firemen wouldn’t think twice about kicking your gaden off the escape if they had to get through, and neither would I if I had to escape, so what’s the big deal.

  4. Juan Pablo February 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    What about the need to escape in case of fire?

  5. morgan grayson February 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I love the idea of urban gardening, but by having one on a fire escape, you risk endangering not only NYFD worker, but your neighbors and yourself. Our building has had two fires on upper floors and the escapes were used for just that–escape. I think figuring out indoor window gardens (I use hanging shelves) is a better method.