What is Window Box Gardening?
A window box is a planting box which is used to grow plants usually placed near the windows. You can also click here if you want to know about rooftop gardening.
If you live in apartments and do not have the access to a rooftop or the backyard, this form of gardening is a very good option for you.
Window box gardening is an interesting and decorative form of container gardening. The material of the box (the container) can be different. Terra-cotta, fiber, wood, plastic, or stone are some of the examples of the container materials.
While choosing the size of the pot please consider carrying capacity of your windows. If the carrying capacity is pretty low use smaller pots. You can also reduce the total weight of the container by using lighter material and using a potting mix which is lighter than conventional soil. Click here to know more about different media which you can add to your soil to reduce the total weight.
The best way is to put the boxes outside the window so they will get more lights. You can put them on the windowsills or you can hang them with the help of chains or straps. Also, add brackets with your window to make space for the window box.
If you have problems with the opening of the window you can also place them indoors near the sunny window.
Windows generally get a lot of sunlight. So you need to water them frequently (almost every day). Make sure your Window box have a drainage hole at the bottom. Add some media like coconut coir which can retain some water.
What To Grow In A Window Box?
In most cases, the window box is used to grow flowers. But you can grow a few of the vegetables also. Some of the best options for growing vegetables are Lettuce, peas, beans, parsley etc.
You can add much more glamor to your building by choosing the color schemes or combinations of plants which compliment your building.
Remove any parts of the plant which are dead. They can infect the plant with fungal growth so it is always better to get rid of them.
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