A Window Box Plan for Edibles That is Practical and Pretty
A simple solution for boosting curb appeal, window boxes can be used for more than just ornamental annuals. Use this simple plan for a beautiful — and edible — garden right outside your kitchen window!
Begin with a Sturdy Planter
A sturdy planter that is firmly secured is needed any time you’re hanging a window box for the purpose of growing plants. For best results, choose one made from durable wood, like redwood or teak. Attach it to your home with steel L brackets that are a couple inches shorter than the planter box width.
Pick the Best Plants
When choosing plants, opt for what you like to eat first and foremost. Then, if you can, choose a variety of plants that will look nice together. Keep in mind that most herbs and vegetable plants will need full sun to thrive, so position your window box in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. Then, fill the planter with a focal point plant, spillers, interesting textures, and some color variety. Water whenever the soil is dry to the touch.
Choose a Focal Point
When planning the layout of your planter, you will need a plant that grabs attention as your centerpiece. One good choice is ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ basil, which features an upright posture and beautiful variegated leaves. Although it does not flower, it will produce edible leaves all summer long.
Plant Compact Veggies
With little growing space in a window box, it’s necessary to make the most of the room you do have by using plants that stay relatively compact. Spillers like ‘Tumbling Tom’ tomatoes are also a great addition since they spill over the edge of the box, bringing visual interest and producing sweet yellow cherry tomatoes. This variety works well in containers and hanging baskets as well.
Color Contrast is Good
Green is great, but edible plants come in other colors, too. Consider adding some different colored varieties to your box to give it some contrast. Plants like purple sage, purple kale, and red-veined sorrel all make great choices and stay relatively compact as they grow. Not only do they make your window boxes look especially pretty, grabbing a few leaves for cooking can bring extra color and flavor to meals.
Don’t Forget Texture
When picking plants to fill the last few spots in your box, try to choose herbs that will add texture. Plants like oregano, spearmint, and lemon thyme all fill in the gaps nicely and will spill out to the edges. Rosemary is another great option, but grows more upright. Using a variety of heights and leaf types will help make your box appear fuller, while also giving you plenty of interesting things to add to your cooking.