Window box gardens are an easy way for beginners to get started with gardening. They can offer easy maintenance right from a kitchen window. They are simple to maintain and much less work than preparing an entire backyard garden area. For more advanced gardeners they can become auxiliary specialty gardens.
Even starting them in the Fall you can produce a cornucopia of herbs and vegetables. Broccoli is a productive plant, and turnips will mature quickly. Dwarf variety tomato plants can be more of a pain, but may alternately be productive plants. Lettuces and salad greens, combined with herbs, such as compact basil, chives and oregano make for a beautiful edible display.
When considering a window box garden consider the following:
- Pair plants with similar cultural needs (i.e., watering needs, sun/shade preferences, etc.)
- One key to success is not putting too many plants in one box
- Consider plant heights and growth habits, such as spreading, upright and trailing
- For best growth, set box in an east or west-facing window outdoors, or a south-facing window indoors