Just planted my veggies and herbs.
We live in an apartment with horrible sun on the balcony, so I had to get creative with a bit of space near our garage. Planters are based on the global bucket which is an earth box style self watering planter. www.globalbuckets.org
There are plenty of videos on YouTube that show how to build them. Some call for net pots used for aquatic plants, but I didn't feel like tracking them down and used red keg cups with 8 razor slits cut vertically.
Built the first two in August or September last year when my balcony plants failed event though I moved them to a better spot. Basil took off like crazy and tomatoes didn't quite have enough time to fruit well. What fruit I did get was discovered by the birds before I could get to them.
I used white food grade buckets last year and decided to use the orange homer buckets this year. No real reason other than the Home Depot by me doesn't sell five gallon food grade and I didn't care enough to try to source them from a bakery or grocery store.
I built simple boxes to make them more attractive and to prevent the apartment managers from getting pissy. I used the cheapest fence boards I could find and Home Depot cut them for free.
We should be past our last frost, but I can always move them into the garage if any fluke storms come through.
I haven't decided on cages or bamboo stakes for the tomatoes. What do others prefer?