Apr 15, 2011

Springtime in Brooklyn

For the most part, I am loving living in Brooklyn.  We were lucky to find a great apartment with room for all that we do, but I miss the back porch we had in Chicago.  Around this time each year it felt like our home grew by one room and we spent all our time out there- eating breakfast, lunch and dinner out there most days, and spending most mornings waking up by watering the plants.  It was a great space. 
 Flash forward to this spring and I'm too stubborn to give up completely on a little garden to take care of- I've moved into this tiny little (fire escape) space outside my studio window and planted snap peas, sweet peas, zinnias,  bachelors buttons and basil (some are waiting inside until it's warmer.) 
I'm not sure how realistic keeping this little plot up will be but it's worth a shot. 

What are you planting?  If you've got your own makeshift garden or a real live backyard, I'd love to see what you're working on- leave a link to share.  Wishing you a sunny spring weekend!


  1. One of the reasons I bought a house last summer was because my apartment had no outdoor space. I'm really looking forward to building my backyard escape this year. Hope your fire escape garden works out!

  2. (Hi! It's Robin!) Our apartment has outdoor space but only has a small section of reliable sun, so I'm going to have a vertical garden for most of the things I'm growing (and then sprinkle wildflower seeds in the rest and see what grows).

    To see pictures of my plants...


  3. I almost think you could use the metal columns that surround the fire escape as a mini-trellis for pole beans or even to tie up some tomatoes. I really do. I think you could do that. You could possibly even buy some metal rods and extend those metal columns upward too. Then you could step out into a little urbane secret vege patch. i love it. I think you can do a lot with it. You really only need one plant of each vege to survive - and then an extra to trade out with people too.

  4. I am planning on using the metal struts for pea trellises to start- maybe tomatoes later in the summer. A private garden ( a SECRET garden! ) is definitely in the works, K. Can't wait to see you in chicago!