Vining crops grown in containers can double as a sunshade on your patio.
A simple plastic storage box can be a durable container for growing veggies and herbs.
These are among the best food crops for container gardening: artichoke, arugula, bok choy, celery, chard, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, onion, pepper, snap bean, pea, tomato and most herbs. Look for compact varieties that will grow best in a confined space.
ILLUSTRATION: ELAYNE SEARS