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Cute containers for your urban garden

You don't need a big yard to grow a garden. Check out these unique ways to create flower beds and vegetable gardens.
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containers for your urban garden

You don't need a big yard to grow a garden. Check out these unique ways to create flower beds and vegetable gardens.

Short on space? You can still grow plenty of vegetables, fruits and other edibles. Whether you have a small yard or a sunny terrace, you can set up your own green space with these unique ways to create gardens.

Muffin tin planter

Muffin tin planter

When you don't have room for a full flower bed or vegetable garden, use a flat space like a table and a cute, vintage muffin tin as a planter. (Etsy, $8)

Miniature bed

Miniature bed

You can't beat this wooden flower bed if you're keeping herbs in a small space, such as your porch or a balcony. It's easy to clean, and the shape is playful. (Etsy, $35)

Railroad wheel

Railroad wheel

If you love vintage items, try rusted and repurposed hardware for gardening containers. This antique railroad wheel is perfect for a flower bed in your yard. (Etsy, $400)

Raised gardening system

Raised gardening system

Make the most of small space with a vertical garden system. This handmade planter easily leans against any sturdy surface. (Etsy, $78)

Flower box

Flower box

If you don't have any green space at all, use a large flower box to grow vegetables or flowers. This sturdy redwood flower box doubles as decor for your patio space. (Etsy, $99)

Upcycled flower box

Upcycled flower box

You don't need to be a DIY guru to create your own upcycled flower box. Look for one that's premade, like this one made out of reused vintage parts, including a desk. (Etsy, $110)

Living wall

Living wall

Succulents are easy to care for even if you don't have a green thumb. Decorate a plain fence with a living wall that displays a variety of colors and textures. (Etsy, $249)

Recycled wood box

Recycled wood box

Old wood gives any space charm. Create a small-space vegetable garden using recycled wood boxes created with wood that has history and character. (Etsy, $20)

Find your own containers

Get creative. Anything can become a container. If you're feeling extra frugal, check out local listings for free goods for pickup. Gutters, bathtubs, trash cans, troughs, watering cans, pallets, drawers and other shallow containers can easily be transformed into vegetable and flower beds. Take a can of spray paint to an unsightly container or just leave the surface as is for a shabby-chic look. Remember to wash any container thoroughly — especially if you plan on growing edible plants.

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