Crochet in Color: Lots of Free patterns, and I agree, I always go with the smallest hook when make baskets, bins, etc. as they aren't as useful if you have to shape them, imagine putting lots of magazines or something in them and the sides keep falling down, the only time I use a bigger hook is if slouchy is what the design calls for any way.
crochet and rope basket - tutorial
Crochet Tutorial - How to crochet a basket over rope. Lots of informative text and photos to make a sturdy rope container."
Amazing Uses For Old Pallets
Small rooftop garden. Pinned to Garden Design - Rooftop Gardens by Darin Bradbury.