If you have an urban garden, go with the pots! l'm a gardening fanatic, and grow my herbs right outside by door in ceramic oblong pots. I grow rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano in one, and stevia, fennel, lemon balm, parsley, and chives in the other. It's very pretty when they're all growing together.
You'll be impressed at how many herbs, veggies, and fruit you can easily grow in pots. For strawberries, I do not recommend "strawberry" pots-- I've never had any luck with them. Instead, get some shallow (about 4" deep) pots and they'll grow like weeds. Tomatoes need lots of dirt, so grow them in large, deep pots. For ease, start with cherry tomatoes-- more reward for less effort!
The only thing I don't recommend growing in pots-- squash and melons. Too heavy, and not enough room. Don't over-fertilize, otherwise you'll get gangly looking plants.
Good luck and have fun!
at 10:55 PM on Mar. 15, 2009