Urban Garden Perched on Manhattan Terrace

May 6, 2009 at 2:08 am 1 comment

The terrace of Valerie Block’s Manhattan apartment couldn’t be better suited for growing food: with southeastern exposure, the terrace gets tons of sunlight, and thanks to a Manhattan beekeeper, it attracts lots of bees.  In many ways, growing crops on the 20th floor terrace is better than growing in a backyard where plants often fall to squirrels, deer, chipmunks and other animals.

“Even the birds don’t eat our tomatoes,” says Valerie in an interview with Kelly Campbell of  TheHolisticOption.com, a Web site about alternative medicine. 

Valerie and her husband, Mitch, have been gardening on their terrace for four years, growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and lots of herbs in large-size pots.  Their terrace garden is so prolific they’re able to give away bagfuls of what they grow. 

In the interview, Valerie talks about how she got into urban gardening and gives tips for beginning gardeners, including where to find seeds and supplies.  Valerie has a terrific blog about her garden, so check it out at www.nycgardener.blogspot.com

To listen to the podcast, click on the link in the the top right corner of Valerie’s blog (www.nycgardener.blogspot.com).


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