As Laura can tell you, there's something so satisfying about growing your own food and it seems to taste doubly good. And your kids will love watching lettuce (or herbs or other vegetables) go from seed to sprout to salad. (Young kids, obviously, should be supervised on a balcony).
See more of Laura's gutter garden experiment (including a bump in the road and how she overcame it) at Half a Yard.
(Re-edited from a post originally published on 6.16.2010 - CM)
(Image: Half a Yard)