The First Vegetable Harvest from My Fire Escape

Posted on Jun 17 2009 - 3:00am by Mike Lieberman

After being away for six days, I was shocked when I returned to see the growth of the lettuces in my containers. It was definitely time for my first harvest. Most of the leaves were at least 6 inches and didn’t want them to get much larger.

This brings me one step closer to my goal of getting one salad. Didn’t turn this into a salad because I had already eaten dinner.

Made this post abbreviated because still playing catch up from being away. I definitely wanted to get something posted though as it’s pretty damned exciting (at least for me).

Will definitely do a more substantial post later in the week. Hopefully, it’ll include some fire escape salad in it.

22 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. JeanAnnVK June 18, 2009 at 8:03 am -

    Congrats, dude, that is so awesome! Can't wait to see the fire escape salad…

  2. lizwilkinson June 18, 2009 at 10:39 am -


  3. Mike Lieberman June 18, 2009 at 11:11 am -

    That pretty much is the salad for this one. Just lettuces, but damned good lettuces, dude.

  4. escuccim June 18, 2009 at 11:57 am -

    I live in a condo so I have a small back porch. I haven't tried growing any real veggies but I do have small but successful basil, mint, oregano and parsley plants going. It's very exciting eating food you've grown yourself. Much more exciting now then when I was a kid and every summer we'd eat veggies grown from my father's garden.

  5. Mike Lieberman June 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm -

    Absolutely. I've never grown anything so this was pretty sweet for me. What's stopping you from growing some veggies?

  6. escuccim June 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm -

    Nothing really. I'm just new to growing stuff and wanted to start with something easy. As I get more comfortable growing my herbs maybe I'll see if I can get any veggies for the fall. Otherwise I will definitely try to grow more next summer.

  7. Mike Lieberman June 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm -

    I hear that. This is my first time too and I decided to go big. It might be a flaw of mine, but there is no middle of the road for me. It's either all or nothing.

  8. escuccim June 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm -

    It looks like you are succeeding with your first time so that's awesome. I'm also growing a blueberry bush but I think it will be at least a few years before it starts fruiting. I'm keeping my herbs alive and that's enough to keep me happy for now.

  9. Mike Lieberman June 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm -

    What's the size of the bush now? I was thinking of doing a blueberry bush or dwarf banana tree, but reigned myself in.

  10. escuccim June 19, 2009 at 6:11 am -

    When I got it it was about a 2 inch little sprout. Now it's about 2 feet wide, but not really round. It's more flat, but it's doing very well and I hope it starts fruiting in a few years. When I got it I didn't know it took 2-3 years to reach maturity.

  11. Mike Lieberman June 19, 2009 at 6:15 am -

    Cool. Good to know. Keep me updated.

  12. TH June 19, 2009 at 8:37 am -

    Brooklyn boy back home and digging in te dirt! Nice message brother!

  13. Mike Lieberman June 19, 2009 at 8:42 am -

    Gotta represent the Brook.

  14. Unc June 30, 2009 at 4:36 am -

    nothing better than some good fresh organic greens with a good aged steak naturally graised(organic)

  15. Unc June 30, 2009 at 11:36 am -

    nothing better than some good fresh organic greens with a good aged steak naturally graised(organic)

  16. Amanda March 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm -

    Delicious looking!

  17. Anonymous November 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm -

    Looks exceptionally fresh!

  18. Mike Lieberman November 20, 2011 at 7:51 am -

    Most defiinitely.

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