Take a moment and close your eyes. Now imagine having a colorful flowers blooming in your window garden. Or having a healthy vegetables freshly picked for your kitchen. Maybe you are more of a kitchen person, a fresh herbs window garden for your masterpiece dish will definitely win your heart on this gardening idea. Now, as you imagine it, do you want to make one. If you do, then read further as we go along the instructions and tips of having a window garden.
Window box gardening is a concept of container gardening which is perfect for apartment owners or those gardener with small spaces. Making use of you window for gardening will not only enhance catch the eye of the passerby but also beneficial for you. You may grow your favorite veggies here and some herbs for your kitchen.
Steps on Starting your Window Box Garden
Step 1: The Box
Since window box is well-known in gardening, there a lot of window box readily available in the garden store. There are a lot of choices from terra-cotta, metal, wood, concrete to plastic. the choices are endless. In choosing your window box, keep in mind that it must be at least eight inches wide and eight inches deep. This size is perfect for the plants to grow and the soil not to dry out. Although, sizes may vary depending on the size of your window, be sure to maintain the depth of the box to maintain the moisture of the soil. Although one can actually opt to make his/her own window box for the size to perfectly fit on your window.
Step 2: Choose the plants
Go to your favorite garden store and choose you plants. Choosing plants to grow is very vital in the success of your window box gardening. Be fun and creative in choosing your plants. Keep in mind on the size and location of your box in choosing, you surely don’t want your plant to die. Window box gardening, like container gardening, brings out your creativity to mix and match plants for the to grow beautifully. Fun, isn’t it?
Step 3: Attached the Box
Attach the box on your window securely using bolts or wood for support. Make sure to treat these bolt beforehand to prevent rusting. Allow a space between the window box and the house for air as well the bottom of the box.
Step 4: Space and Fill up
Before filling up your box with soil, pile a layer of rocks, broken flower pots, pebbles or crushed bricks to allow drainage of water. Above this layer place some old leaves, moss, or hard coal to prevent to soil from draining along with the water. When all of this is done fill your box with soil mixture.
Step 5: Plant then Mulch
You are now ready to plant! Allow spaces for plants to grow when planting. After you plant spread about an inch of mulch over the soil to keep the soil moisture and weed control. A month after, feed these plants with liquid fertilizers.
Tips for Window Box Gardening
- When starting in window box gardening, do not go all out, try some recycled containers and even make your own. All it takes is your imagination.
- Choose containers that matches the style of your house and do not overpower your plants with the look of your window box. Remember, your plants takes the spotlight not your box.
- Choose your location carefully preferably in the window where it gets the most sunlight or the south-facing one for your plants needs full sunlight to grow. But keep in mind that some plant prefer shade to pick your plants carefully.
- Schedule your watering. Keep in mind that you much ensure that the soil will not dry out.
- In choosing your plants, choose some trailers for dramatic effect, some upright plant to keep the height, fillers to make the box look full and bulbs for colors.
So, what do you think of window box gardening? Are you up for having one? Me? I actually have one and enjoy the benefits of beautiful colors on my window box. I know you will enjoy it!