Music Video: How to Transplant Seedlings (Part Two in our Rooftop Gardening Series)

Despite the noticeable lack of spring sunshine the past few days, we’re still super-excited to present part two in our video series on the making of a city rooftop mini-farm. Like the first (a sweet little number on starting seeds in Manhattan apartments) this one is made just for us by Joseph Schilling, who runs the Manhattan garden design firm Woodland Landscapes.

Also like the first, it’s as entertaining as it is educational, thanks to Schilling’s witty approach and Dylanesque folky garden song-craft. (You can learn more about Schilling’s project and his impressive resume right here.)

The five-part video series–look for the next three here as summer approaches–follows his work outfitting a rooftop garden for Brooklynites Jenny Lessard and Martin Nuñez, who is a co-owner of Brooklyn’s gourmet grocery chain Union Market. Schilling is turning the couple’s Boerum Hill rooftop into a mini-farm filled with vegetables, herbs and other edibles.

In this episode, Schilling transplants his “little girls” to their new home–with a close-up on his fennel–and helps Lessard and Nuñez map out their plan for both design and construction. One key requirement, according to Jenny: that her kids see the produce growing from their bedroom window.




Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.