The home garden is actually thriving. The front (educational) garden is host to Mesculn greens (arugula, endive, kale and lettuce), tomatoes, basil, sage, dill, oregano, radish (white icicle), carrots (Danvers #126), lettuce (Romaine), strawberry (ornamental), rosemary (Tuscan blue), and peppers. The rear (edible) garden is surviving the summer heat much better than last year under the mist system. Chard, chives, onions, pumpkin, and squash are light-harvesting. I haven't tied the fruits with pantyhose yet, I saw a video on YouTube that said it was optional and only necessary if you want extra large fruits (~15 lbs).
In terms of vertical agriculture and upcycling: The carrots are growing in recycled and reused 2L soda bottles. The oregano, radish, and sage were started in recycled paper coffee cups. I've made a new scaffold out of a baby-gate that we used to use to keep our dog out of the kitchen. I have been saving plastic containers from milk and laundry detergent (plastic bottles with handles) since we've moved into our house (~2 years). I rinsed them out and cut the bottoms out, tieing them to the baby-gate using polyester rope (originally I wanted zip ties but these rope segments might be better since they're 100% reversible).
Dear husband is worried about eating out of containers that used to contain chemicals. I'm not sure it's dangerous, but just in case I plan to use these containers only for seed-generation and promise not to serve any of the produce generated at dinner. What's growing in your yard (or on your urban farm)?