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Urban-gardening safety tips
Urban-gardening safety tips

Each spring, potted herbs and vegetables dot the fire escape of Steve Kelly's home in Mount Vernon. He grows anywhere from six to nine types of peppers, ranging from red and yellow to cayenne and banana. His herbs include basil, tarragon, chives, rosemary and thyme. And then there's the mint. Kelly grows three kinds: orange mint, spearmint and peppermint. He uses them in tea, water and the occasional "adult beverage," he said. "I throw [herbs] in almost everything I make," Kelly said. "Scrambled eggs and even my hash browns have herbs in them. ... It's a lot cheaper and easier than going to the grocery store to buy them." Plus, they...