I am planning a combination of container and raised bed gardening this year. I'll be putting a heavier emphasis on container, as my raised beds are only getting finished and I have quite a few bugs (and critters) to work out in them. My question has to do with building your own containers. I have lots of extra wood and am quite simply completely unwilling to plunk down $$$$ on any kind of large containers. I would like to build at least one fairly large container for the front deck (maybe 3-4-5' x 1-2') and two smaller containers (kind of fair sized, around 2' by 2'} for the front gate. The problem is, I can hammer and saw and manage to get something somewhat presentable ... ... but I am stuck beyond this point. Any suggestions? Any hints? I would love to hear from others who have built their own good sized containers - what did you do? What worked? What was a disaster?