It’s hard to top homemade spaghetti sauce, but sauce made from vegetables grown in your own garden does the trick.
You’ll want a sunny spot, the brighter the better, and two big planters with decent-size drainage holes. Whiskey barrels are heavy, stable, and handsome, but if you’re on a limited budget, any empty bucket will do as long as it holds five gallons or more. (Once the oregano and thyme sprawl over the sides, you won’t notice the bucket anyway.) Line the bottom of each pot with small, upside-down plastic pots or pieces of Styrofoam for extra drainage, then fill with rich soil mixed with compost and a handful of balanced, 5-10-5 vegetable fertilizer; the numbers are on the bag, or just ask.