Number One: Start a herb garden!
Anyone in the world can copy this idea exactly because these pots are from IKEA. Oh Ikea, how I love you and your world-wide uniformity. The code name for them is 'Aster' and are found in the kitchen section.
I had to do a little research on which plants to buy to make sure that they would have the best chance of surviving. I chose only plants that could thrive throughout changing seasons and limited exposure to the sun. Inner city conditions are not ideal for gardening.
The selection included mint, sage, coriander, parsley, violets, geranium and heartseas (the last three for their edible flowers). The sage is a pineapple sage and smells exactly like ripe pineapple. It's trippy.