I'm a garden writer and horticulturist who tends plants on a deer-infested acre about 40 miles from Chicago. I wrote garden articles for the Chicago Tribune for 22 years as well as for Chicagoland Gardening, Old-House Journal and Organic Gardening. I wite for ILCA's The Landscape Contractor, PlantersPlace.com, and for The Chicago Botanic Garden's web site and Keep Growing magazine. I've been teaching at the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum since 1997.
Our Veg garden is 22' x 55' and we have many raised beds and containers with edibles
Anything can be a container as long as it has drainage holes, good potting mix and is large enough so that it doesn't need frequent water. Repurposed construction wheelbarrow.
Spring and summer color is important, but winter is a wonderful respite for gardeners.