Apartment dwellers and others needn't feel out of the gardening loop. With a few containers, people with limited space can garden as enthusiastically as those with sunny suburban yards.
Try these tips to create terrific-looking container gardens:
Set pots on bricks. This provides better drainage and discourages slugs.
Be sure your container has a bunch of drainage holes. You can drill additional ones in plastic pots.
Work a slow-release, granular fertilizer into the soil every spring or when you repot. Use a liquid fertilizer weekly.
Water containers every day in the summer. If it's really hot, plants might need a second drink in the evening.
Find more practical advice in "Container Plants for Patios, Balconies and Window Boxes," by Halina Heitz ($24.95).