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Creating Container Gardens

If you live in the city or an apartment with only a patio or windowsill for gardening, container gardening is a great alternative that allows you to enjoy the beauty of annuals. By being able to move plants indoors when weather is threatening, container gardening allows gardeners to grow plants in climates or seasons that wouldn't sustain the plants otherwise.

Ideas for some not-so-common plant containers might be household vessels that have never held soil or vegetation. For example, a weathered wooden bucket or an antique urn that's just sitting around gathering dust can make a great planter that reflects your style. Just make sure it has a drainage hole in the bottom to allow for proper water drainage.

Keep in mind the size of your plants and the space they will need for healthy growth. A planter that's too shallow could inhibit root growth. Also remember that the shape of the planter can influence a plant's growth as it develops vertically or horizontally.

Hanging containers dress up both indoor and outdoor living areas. Think of them as another place where you can display your eye-grabbing annuals!

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