Lest you think lack of dirt means no vegetable garden for you, two companies out of Los Angeles have a solution.
(N.B.: See our earlier post, Raised Garden Bed Round-Up for more ideas.)
Above: Perfectly sized for apartment balconies, the Minifarm Box Rolling Balcony Box measures a compact 48-by-16-by-18 inches. Made in Los Angeles from FSC certified US cedar, it is highly termite- and rot-resistant and will last for from ten to 15 years untreated. The easily assembled box includes non-marking swivel castors for easy planting and mobility; $229 at the Potted Store. (N.B.: For more rolling plant stand ideas, see our 5 Favorites.)
Above: The Minifarm Box Rolling Patio Box measures 48-by-24-by-18 inches. Non-marking swivel casters enable you to move this box after it is planted (and heavy!) to capture seasonal sun or shade as your plants desire; $229 at the Potted Store.
Above: Here's a potting bench and planter in one. The Minifarm Box Table Garden offers a storage shelf for gardening supplies; $229 at the Potted Store.
Above: By Scout Regalia in Los Angeles, the SR Patio Garden is a fully assembled, ready to use freestanding raised bed garden designed specifically for patios, balconies, and other hard surfaces (it has a bottom unlike most raised beds); $250. They also sell a DIY version that saves cost if you are willing to add a bit of time and muscle. The Scout Regalia Patio Garden Kit is $105.
N.B.: This is an update of a post published November 16, 2012.