This is year one of patio gardening at Debbie's. We have four pepper plants, threee cucumber plants, sixteen bean plants, eight winter squash plants, and fiften tomato plants (twelve of which are Italian "tomato tree" plants). We got a lattice at Lowes to do "vertical growing." The tight spacing is based on the French Intensive method and modified for containers. The bigger pots are companion-planted. We're hoping to have twice as many plants next year so we can live (for a week or so, at least) on what we grow. It's been a lot of work getting dirt from my parents' house and compost from the Fairmount Park recycling center, but it will be worth it come fall. Now they just need water. We also started a compost bin in the driveway. I am excited!