Pots: We have a range of tubs in the garden that are a combination of traditional plant pots, hand made timber planters and IKEA storage tubs, simply with drain holes drilled in the bottom. The red IKEA tubs are much cheaper than traditional planters and although they may fail after a few seasons of sunlight, they are also recyclable.
CERES in Brunswick is a great place for potting mix (and plants)
Plants: Over the summer we grew cherry tomatoes, large tomatoes, strawberries (tiny and sweet), cucumbers, rocket, basil (and a wide range of other herbs), peas, dwarf beans, swish chard, and beetroots. We did not use any sprays or powders or chemicals of any sort and we had great success with hardly any loss to insects. Now, heading into winter, we have in carrots (purple and 'bunny balls'), broccolini, mini cabbages, more Swiss chard (its has not stopped growing), kale and kohlrabi plus the herb garden.
With only a tiny space and a lot of love, we are producing some delicious vegetables, herbs and fruit. And the benefit for the children? I am sure you all know how wonderful the experience it is for them. There is nothing quite like walking out the front door and picking your dinner.
Do you grown plants or herbs?