Just like all of the other stereotypical yuppies living in Brooklyn, I too have embraced urban gardening. I consider myself very fortunate to have private outdoor space to try my hand at growing plants and herbs in containers. Many people throughout the borough make good use of any outdoor space they have — from those coveted roofs and backyards to more resourceful spaces such as stoops, windowsills and fire escapes.
Last year during my first growing season, I planted many things that I just had no use for (lavender — what was I thinking?) or rarely used (oregano and sage). This season I wanted to focus more on plants and herbs that I would use on a regular basis. While I included some flowers this year to pretty up my balcony, let’s be honest — my focus was on what I could eat.
My balcony is currently home to plantings of plum tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, chives, dill, cilantro, mint, parsley and Italian basil. I will soon be adding Thai basil and shiso to the mix. I have many of the basics to make Vietnamese spring rolls, guacamole, pico de gallo and a basic red sauce. Recipes using what I’ve grown will pop up all summer. Since I’ve never really been known for my green thumb, let’s just hope I don’t kill all of these plants.