window boxes gardeningGardening with window boxes is as good as the raised-bed-gardening. Growing lovely colors, vegetables, edibles, and even fragrance becomes easy with window-boxes.

“Window boxes are convenient containers,” said David Trinklein, a horticulturist with University of Missouri Extension. “Plant them with herbs, for example, and you won’t have to go outside to bring in the harvest.”

If are fighting for enough space for gardening just explore the possibilities of putting window-boxes at some places like wall-points, windows etc. Window boxes are ideally suited for small, shallow-rooted plants like radishes, lettuce, marigolds, impatiens, pansies, begonias, parsley, basil, sage and thyme.

Growing lovely flowers and vegetables in a mix and match combination would be great because both need same soil types and have the same water preferences. Plant flowers toward the front for curb appeal; position vegetables toward the back for easier access.

The location of the window box will generally determine what you can grow, Window boxes that get a blistering afternoon sun require one thing. Window boxes in shade require another.

Fern Richardson, author of “Small Space Container Gardens” (Timber Press, 2012) says, “there’s nothing stopping window box gardeners from adding garden ornaments to their boxes. Small gazing balls tucked between the plants can add a little sparkle to a shady area. Gardeners can even use short shepherd’s hooks to plant a hummingbird feeder in a window box.”

For theme based window gardens you may find plant flowers that display colors and mixtures suitable for a theme. If you intend to spread fragrances around the window boxes outside bedrooms with evening primrose, four o’clocks (Mirabilis) and moonflowers for perfume-like scents on still summer nights would be great to grow.

For all -season gardening you should prefer growing daffodils, grape hyacinth and tulips in spring; ornamental edibles like peppers, strawberries and chives in summer; flowering kale and pansies for color through fall and winter.

These days you will get varieties of window boxes depending on your budget. You may like to grow garden with high-style-more-expensive window boxes on one hand and spray paint and even stencils to upgrade inexpensive plastic window boxes into something that is one-of-a-kind.

Window boxes and containers may dry out quickly from exposure to wind and hot weather. It would be more appropriate to add a soilless medium like vermiculite or peat moss to the mix that drains well yet retains moisture and lightens their weight.

Your window boxes garden would also need tending almost three times a week.

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