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Urban Organic Gardener Grows a Lush Vegetable Garden on His NYC Fire Escape

Posted By Jessica Dailey On February 22, 2012 @ 3:05 pm In Gardening and Plants,Green Space,Product Design | 5 Comments

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A Brooklyn native, Lieberman had no experience gardening or growing before he planted his fire escape garden. The fire escape was his first foray into small space urban gardening [9], and since the garden’s inception in 2009, Lieberman has amassed a wealth of knowledge on how to start growing your own food without the use of pesticides or fertilizers and without feeling restricted by space or experience.

Lieberman used a variety of containers to house his vegetable plants. He made three self-watering planters [10] from five gallon food grade buckets, and he used 2-liter soda bottles to make smaller hanging planters. He successfully grew peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, and swiss chard in the self-watering planters, while the hanging soda bottles hosted smaller herb plants and other types of lettuce.

You can learn to make your own self-watering and hanging planters [10] with Lieberman’s how-to videos [10], and his website shares all of the troubles he encounter and tips [8] he learned. For instance, he¬†recommends¬†using your lettuce planter to grow heartier greens like kale or swiss chard [11] when the weather gets cooler [12], and he advises against growing peppers [13] if you have limited space. His pepper plant [13] only yielded two red beauties after three months of hard work. His cherry tomato plant [14] produced a lot of fruit, but he had to get creative with ways to support the wild plant [14]‘s rapid growth in the small space.

Dozens of gardening and plant stores around the city sell the basic supplies you need to get your garden starter. Evaluate your space, pick your plants, and buy your supplies now so you can start growing your own delicious veggies as soon as spring has sprung!

+ Urban Organic Gardener [6]

All images courtesy Mike Lieberman


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[9] urban gardening: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/tag/urban-gardening

[10] three self-watering planters: http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2010/06/how-to-make-self-watering-container/

[11] kale or swiss chard: http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2009/08/planting-kale-and-chard-because-my-lettuce-died/

[12] weather gets cooler: http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2009/12/kale-is-thriving-in-the-cold-weather/

[13] against growing peppers: http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2009/09/i-wouldnt-recommend-growing-peppers-in-a-small-space/

[14] cherry tomato plant: http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2009/07/setting-up-support-for-my-growing-cherry-tomatoes/

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