I've been having the urge lately to grow lots of things lately and so hubby very kindly designed and built me some raised gardening beds a few weekends ago. I love the design because they're very portable and non-permanent (important in a rental). The extra raised area are for those things that need a deeper root base (like tomatoes). You can also make them extra portable by putting wheels on them but we found the wheels to be insanely expensive so we skipped that step.
We'll see how much growing we are able to do in the middle of a southern arizona summer. Our reclaimed water storage should help us cut down on the water requirements.
Since it's spring and gardening time the topic always comes up on how to store your harvest. I've been trying to experiment to find ways to minimize our paper towel and plastic bag requirements. Now, I don't know how you store your greens- Usually I wash them in a salad spinner, then put them in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel in it to keep them from drying out.
This method usually works pretty well, sometimes the greens will go soft or moldy from too much water but mostly the extra waste was really starting to bother me. We switched to mostly cloth napkins and towels from paper towels starting about 2 years ago and I was only buying paper towels for a few remaining uses.
In this case, a hand-made linen drawstring bag for greens works perfectly. You can also get the same results with a cotton-linen blend or a woven cotton dishtowel if you have extras on hand. Make yourself a simple unlined drawstring pouch. (Here's a good tutorial and here's a link to another good one.) I like to square off the bottoms of mine so that they stand up on their own when I open them.
Easy peasy and done! The perfect "green" solution to greens storage! =)