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My patio is nice, and fairly spacious, but there is very little planting space, and the soil is poor -- in spite of my efforts over the last decade to enrich and improve it. I have over the years, tried a variety of strategies to allow us to have fresh vegetables, grown here at home, but I haven't had much luck. My best successes have come with the "Topsy Turvy" tomato planter (of late night television advertising fame). I started off with two a few years back, and then added two more. This year I have 10. TEN! I installed 8" eye bolts in the patio support pillars, ran some heavy duty chain, and suspended the planters with S-hooks.
I have four different varieties of tomato planted now. I also have two different kinds of peppers, crooked neck squash, zucchini, and lemon cucumbers. It is a veritable farm out there :-)