Reader Megan B. was on the lookout for wooden planters, but didn’t find anything she liked. “So I improvised with stuff I already had!” she writes. She nabbed a few wine crates from the grocery store where she works, and voila — rustic and attractive outdoor planters. If you’d like to do this on your own, check with a local wine store or grocery (Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, perhaps) and you might be able to score a box or two for free. Megan didn’t line her box with plastic and says her plants are doing just fine, but you might want to line yours (or hide some less-pretty plastic pots in the dirt) to better retain water. –Mary T.