My mom and I each bought one of these last year, I believe mine was $20. Hubby and I planted it with already spouting plants. Strawberries, chives, lettuce, and a tomato plant. We have grown exactly one strawberry (TINY) and two tomatoes. I doubt its the location, it gets a good bit of sun. My mom's planter has not fared any better. Her tomato plant always breaks in half. Once the two tomatoes are done ripening, I'm using it for flowers. Hopefully next year we can do our proper container garden.