Final Fall Planting on my Fire Escape Garden

Posted on Oct 7 2009 - 4:30am by Mike Lieberman

On one side there are four soda bottles and one coffee container planter.The other side has six hanging planters made out of soda bottles.Also have lettuce planted in a Dr. Bronner's container.The self watering containers and hanging soda bottle planters.

Now I got my final fall planting done on my fire escape garden. I had a bunch of lettuce leftover from my fall planting in my backyard vegetable garden. Didn’t have much room for any more self watering containers, so I made more hanging planters.

This time I used soda bottles, a Dr. Bronner’s gallon container and a coffee container.

I have a lot more space on the fire escape than I originally thought. This is definitely good to know for next spring. It’s all part of the learning process, and I see the garden much differently now than I did back in May.

All said and done I have three self watering containers, 10 soda bottle planters, 1 Dr. Bronner’s planter and a coffer container planter.

The next step is to figure out how to extend the lives of these as the weather gets colder.


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

  1. EarthMother - In The Raw October 7, 2009 at 8:53 am -

    You give new meaning to the term “urban jungle.” 😀

    LOVE seeing all the new growth, Mike! Really, amazing. And, oh so, inspiring.

    No risk of the deer and rabbits noshing on your greens! Tell me, what do the neighbors think ? Have any of them been inspired to start their own fire escape salad bar?

  2. Mike Lieberman October 7, 2009 at 11:58 am -

    LOL. Welcome to the jungle baby. Hoping that this does indeed inspire people. I've seen a few fire escapes growing in walking around my neighborhood. Nothing that I've really noticed in the buildings that I can see from my fire escape.

    Most of the people on their fire escapes indulging in a different kind of green if you know what I mean.

  3. marydelle October 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm -

    You've got some great looking plants on your fire escape. I like the recycling. Although I'm so picky about the look of my garden, that I use all clay pots. I can see those wouldn't be so practical on your fire escape. Keep it up!

  4. Mike Lieberman October 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm -

    Thanks. I could definitely pretty up the soda bottles some, but I'm more about functionality as opposed to aesthetics right now. Aesthetics will be another project 🙂

  5. Catherine Burt October 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm -

    I ADORE urban and backyard gardening <3 Nice work, I need to learn more about container gardens 🙂

  6. Mike Lieberman October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm -

    What's there to learn? Just do it. That's what I did.

  7. Sylvana October 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm -

    I love your recycled container planters! And your artistic additions to them are wonderful.

  8. Mike Lieberman October 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm -

    Thanks. I made them. My roommate made them pretty since the fire escape out of his room. Definitely lots of ways to get creative with them and good way to get kids involved.

  9. Mike Lieberman October 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm -

    Thanks. I made them. My roommate made them pretty since the fire escape out of his room. Definitely lots of ways to get creative with them and good way to get kids involved.

  10. Belinda @zomppa March 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm -

    I’m going to definitely have to tap into your brain about those hanging soda plants!

  11. Mike Lieberman March 23, 2011 at 2:19 am -

    Please don’t hesitate to tap away.

  12. Sarahclaudine March 30, 2011 at 12:30 am -

    Just discovered this now and am blown away! GREAT work!! I just love the creativity in coming up with ways to make it work. Can you tell me more about the soda bottles? 2litre? did you cut holes in the bottom? How do you keep everything watered?
    My appologies if it’s in an earlier post…

  13. Mike Lieberman March 30, 2011 at 1:22 am -

    Nice. Glad you likes. Here’s mas info on the soda bottles

    Lemme know if you have any other questions.

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