Last summer, I wrote two posts (here and here) on how to build a raised garden bed for a deck, based on the one created by my sister and her husband. They hosted a barbecue on the 4th of July this year, and I got a chance to see how the deck garden is doing in its second year.
The answer: great! They planted different tomatoes this year, opting for slicers rather than cherries, and have plenty of green ones on the two plants growing in the raised bed garden. They also have several beautiful looking basil plants, as well as oregano, parsley, rosemary, and chives. All of this is just outside the door to the kitchen, making it convenient to snip a few herbs for cooking projects. The deck box, which is made of cedar, remains attractive, despite heavy rains this year and its sunny location.