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Surprising Garden Pots: Milk Pails

Old-fashioned enamel milk pails, available at flea markets and farm-supply stores, have a rustic charm.


  • Enamel milk pails
  • Plastic pot
  • Sword ferns


  1. Step 1

    Place sword ferns (Nephrolepis obliterata 'Kimberly Queen') or similar plants in 10-inch pots inside large buckets (left); consider ferns in 4- to 8-inch pots for smaller pails.

  2. Step 2

    If the bucket is too deep, put an upturned plastic pot inside, and stand the plant on top. Remove plant to water.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2006