Growing herbs on a fire escape can be a bit of a (fun) challenge. Here’s what I learned:
1. Leave a clear path. When I first started my little herb garden, I bought basil and dill from the Union Square Greenmarket, and I thought they looked really pretty on the steps of my fire escape. This only lasted a short time before I realized this is highly illegally and would not leave a clear path if there actually was a fire.
2. Repot or soil! Plants need extra room to grow. At first, I had no idea where to go to buy soil or pots for my growing herbs. One Sunday morning adventure took me to Whole Foods and I got a crate for free (all you have to do is ask) and organic potting soil for my baby herbs.
3. Grow tomatoes in their own pot. Tomatoes grow really fast and they need room to grow. As soon as the tomatoes start growing larger, they need more and more support. I added bamboo sticks to hold them up! Can anyone identify what kind of tomatoes they are?
As you can see, I still have a lot to learn. Do you have an herb garden? Send me your tips!