Urban Garden Update – Sept 18, 2009

Posted on Sep 18 2009 - 5:30am by Mike Lieberman

Photos from the week:
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It’s been a while since I gave an overview on both of the urban gardens, so thought now was a good time.

I’ll start with my backyard vegetable garden in Brooklyn.

  • Changed the layout due to my Grandmother’s excessive sprinkler use.
  • Harvested my first cucumbers. Got two of them.
  • Planted some kales and more arugula.
  • Sweet pepper plant is starting to fruit more.

On my fire escape vegetable garden:

  • The cherry tomato plant continues to grow, but still producing. Harvested about a half dozen more cherry tomatoes.
  • Lettuces under the cherry tomato plant are slowly growing.
  • Harvested some of the kales and swiss chard.
  • Lettuces in the kale and chard bucket didn’t make it and got drowned out.
  • Harvested two chili peppers.
  • Looks like some more sweet peppers are starting to bloom.

  • marydelle

    Your garden vegetables are really coming along. Congratulations on the news interview.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks Mary. It's been crazy fun so far. Think I'm addicted. Want to so how far into the season I can go with this.

    The news crew flaked at the last minute. Supposed to reschedule.

  • http://nancybond.wordpress.com/ Nancy Bond

    Your cukes look GREAT! And I love how you've used every inch of your fire escape/balcony. Glad to find your blog!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks Nancy. Finding out ways to utilize all of the space on the fire escape was fun. Still think I can squeeze in some more things. Happy you came across my blog and are enjoying.

  • balconygardener

    Hi Mike. Great to discover your site and videos. Congrats on a inspiring harvest.

  • balconygardener

    Hi Mike. Great to discover your site and videos. Congrats on an inspiring harvest.
    http://www.balconygardener.ca

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the comment. Like what you're doing as well.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the comment. Like what you're doing as well.

  • Sales

    More those cucumber hang, the larger they will get.

  • SharonH(aprlfool59)

    Heya Mike! Would love to know more about your celery. Did you get what you would consider a good harvest? Did you plant seed or seedlings and finally, how did you harvest the celery? Did you pull the whole thing out or did you cut stalks individually?

    I tried growing it by seed last year but think I started it too late. My friend tried with seedlings bought at a nursery but they didn’t really grow much.

    Would love to try again (LOVE celery) but need more help since I don’t know anyone that had much success (at least here in Cleveland…zone 5b or 6).

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I didn’t have much success with my celery either as I grew too much of it in one container. Give it another go and see what happens. Change something from what you did last time.

  • http://twitter.com/7TREES4VICTORY 7Trees4Victory

    I am new to this blogging thing and have much to learn. I am curious as to why you post old items, some as old as two years. Is there benefit that I do not understand? Thanks for the lesson man!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I can help you out with some consulting work. Hit me up if you are interested. Thanks.