Some neighbors built this little salad garden outside their apartment. Actually, the process was surprisingly easy and cheap. Nice words, easy and cheap. The slats for the raised bed, lining and potting soil cost around $50 and create a tidy, attractive little garden that will pay for itself quickly. Plus, I hear that gardening can be kind of fun. For some people at least. I feel kind of guilty that my parents have expertly tended a quarter acre version of this for thirty years and this is more than I can muster right now. Oh well.
Just think about the produce that you have to buy at the store that will be part of this tiny patch's yield. Tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumbers, squash, and more. Using raised beds with a liner solve two problems common around here; weeds and crappy red clay soil. Now, all you need is a BB-gun for the HOARDS of squirrels, chipmonks, birds and the rest that will pick off tomatoes, etc. To top it off, there is a water drainage tube that comes down the side of their apartment, so IF the water's clean it would be easy to attach a drip irrigation tube and snake it through the beds.
Flash forward, like, a month and it looks like the garden has already begun yielding.