This thing can grow herbs, tomatoes and even strawberries! I love the idea of having it available all year round because its indoors- no pesticides, no bugs and no pests (except for my darn cat).
But in that search I came across vertical gardening and in particular the Tower Garden.
This beauty is based on the idea of aeroponics. Basically, you grow the plants without soil.
Now this I can get into- no dirt! I also like the idea I can use this indoor or outdoor and that I don't have to be expert gardener to make it happen. Plus its all organic! The major drawback: the system is costs over $500. My husband of course thinks I am nuts. But we eat a lot of spinach, strawberries, string beans and I love okra and squash. Adding this to my Aerogarden and the dwarf Meyer lemon tree, I can have that garden I always wanted without upsetting the HOA.