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Window Plant Boxes

I've always been a huge fan of window flower boxes and garden window boxes. Let's start with the basics which apply to both types of window boxes.

Since the window plant boxes are attached to the home, it is important that they accent and blend with the style of the house, property and the color of the flowers when the plants bloom. Regardless of the material, color, size or style, each window box is constructed with drainage holes in the bottom. Window boxes constructed of vinyl are my favorite type because:
  1. they are resistant to moisture and therefore do not rot
  2. easy to install
  3. extremely affordable
  4. come in various sizes and shapes

A window flower box can add curb appeal to your home, but also can grow flowers that can be dried and used in perfumes, lotions, candles, soaps and sachets. Not only can you grow flowers from seeds and small plants, but flower bulbs such as tulips can also add quite a dramatic effect to the house. Other flowers that grow well in a window box include:
  • geraniums
  • marigolds
  • petunias
  • verbenas
  • hyacinths
  • pansies
  • lavender
  • daffodils
  • basket of gold
  • vincas
  • coleus

When planting a window box, it is best if you layer from bottom to top in the following order:
  1. start with a one inch layer of pebbles or small stones
  2. cover the pebbles with a layer of sphagnum moss or piece of burlap
  3. add nutrient rich soil
  4. add plants
  5. cover soil with a layer of mulch or peat moss
  6. fertilize and water

A garden window box can also help cut down on the cost of groceries and add richer flavors to your food. Another great use for a window box is to harvest fresh, homegrown and delicious vegetables and herbs grown organically. The term organic gardening means that synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are not used. The soil must also be nutrient rich and that is obtained by mixing leaf and grass clippings, compost and composted manure. Be sure to plant according to the individual needs of the vegetables for light, moisture, drainage and soil quality.

A great advantage growing vegetables in a window box is the ease of care and maintenance. Weeding becomes a breeze and there is no more back breaking bending over! Vegetables and herbs that grow well in window boxes include:
  • leaf lettuce
  • radishes
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • green onions
  • eggplant
  • squash
  • strawberries
  • small carrots
  • bay laurel
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • basil
  • sage
  • parsley
  • nasturtiums
  • oregano
  • cilantro
The possibilities for window boxes are endless. Let your creativity be your guide!

The Redhead Riter

My opinions are valued and I was compensated by my friends at Window Box Planters for this post.

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