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garden containersAre you dreaming of a kitchen herb garden or some fresh garden vegetables at dinnertime? How about bright flowers to brighten up your decor? If you don't have space for a big garden or don't want to spend hours weeding, a container garden may be just what you've been looking for.

Container gardens are so much fun, because the possibilities are endless, and the entire family can participate. You don't have to commit a lot of time to plant. Create one new potted plant each day until your garden is complete! Just about anything that will hold soil can be used.

GROWN-UPS — It's your job to drill a few drainage holes into containers that don't already have them. Here are a few neat ideas to get you started:

1. Terra cotta pots - An old standard that can be made fresh by painting or decorating the outside.

2. Old metal watering cans - A perfect match for your new garden!

3. Wooden crates - Line the inside with a plastic garbage bag, then poke a few drain holes into the plastic.

4. Beach sand buckets - Before surf season hits, try using last year's sand buckets to create a colorful array of flower garden containers you can hang in a window.

5. Old shoes - Brightly colored rubber boots add a splash of color and whimsy to your garden. An old cowboy boot adds a rustic look.

6. Metal wagon - A child's metal wagon makes a nice container either on its own (grown-ups don't forget the drain holes!) or used as a holder for several containers.

7. Old toys - Big plastic dump trucks will let the neighbors know that the children had a hand in planting the new garden.

Once you get started, you'll find many other about to be discarded items that will make perfect garden containers. Be creative and you'll soon be enjoying the fruits of your labor...

About the Author...Deborah Shelton

More about container gardening around the Web:

11 Creative Garden Pots & Planters To Make (DIY)

Better Homes and Gardens - Container Garden Plans & Ideas


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