When I saw Paula's similar container planted with lovely flowers, I though I have one of those that I've been meaning to plant for a long time. Then she asked me if I was doing a winter garden and I said no. I asked my dd what we can grow here in the winter and she suggested garlic and chard. So that's what I did. I got "bright lights chard" for the middle with 12 garlic around the edge. I'm so excited that next fall I'll be able to harvest my own garlic and in the mean time I can enjoy my chard and when the garlic sprouts I can use the green sprouts. I hope next year to expand my porch garden and I'm waiting to see how well they do in this container. I would also like to learn more about what you can grow here in the winter and early spring. I learned that they send all the seeds back and don't have starts once fall gets here, so you have to be quick to get them or order from catalogues.