It looks like Anna had the same idea I did, but actually put it to use. Using an Ikea system that is really meant to help organize cutlery and odds and ends, she planted an herb garden that she can keep her eye on while she washes dishes. Going vertical is a great way to create more space in a small apartment so don't forget to apply is to plants (here's an extreme take on that idea). This garden doesn't take up any counter space and since it's placed over the sink, the plants will drain right into it, instead of making a mess.
For renters that live up on the second floor or higher and don't have balconies, windows are the only way to create indoor gardens, so make use of that space and fill your apartment with green!
(Image: Ana Blackburn)