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Plant gift bucket

When friends and acquaintances visit my garden, it’s inevitable that one of them will remark excitedly about a particular plant. I usually offer to dig up a part of that plant for my visitor because when you have a garden, the more you give away, the more you get. Rather than watch all of my buckets and pots walk away with visitors bearing gift plants, I’ve discovered how to make the perfect “gift bucket.

Several months before the gardening season begins, I start accumulating 1-gallon plastic milk jugs. I cut away the top portion of each—on the side opposite the handle—and insert the desired plant. The plants can be conveniently carried to their new garden homes, and the plastic jugs can be recycled or used to transport another garden gift.

Marlene McCarter, Rockford, IL

From Fine Gardening 100, pp. 13