I went to the Vegetable Gardening 101 class at the Charleston Horticultural Society and left there thinking about the reasons people don't garden. For one, if you've never done it, it can be intimidating. And two, some people don't have the space for a vegetable garden in their yards. Or maybe no yard at all!
I found these vertical gardens on a couple of websites. Easy, easy, easy. And a great solution for those with limited space or sunlight.
This garden is made from reclaimed gutters that have been nailed to the side of the house. Drill holes in the bottom, fill with potting soil and plant shallow-rooted plants like lettuces and herbs (this will not work for potatoes, carrots or onions). I found this image on Green Upgrader:
A canvas shoe organizer is an even easier solution for small-scale gardening. Just hang this in a sunny spot, fill with potting soil and plant with herbs. I like it.
My favorite interpretation of a vertical garden is Flora Grubb's design:
Of course I loathe her for being incredibly talented and for being born with a horticultural name. She used felt pieces(made from recycled soda bottles) that have been attached as pouches on a board. Instead of herbs and vegetables, this is an ornamental display of succulents. Perfect for a screened porch.