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DIY: Window Box Herb Garden
My favorite time of year is spring. I love opening all the windows and letting the breeze flow through the house. I love the smell of fresh-cut grass and morning dew, and even the sounds of bees buzzing bring a silly grin to my face.
I spend most weekends in springtime in my garden, planting veggies and herbs for fresh food all summer. There’s really nothing better than cooking with fresh ingredients, and I develop a seasonal sense of pride for cooking AND growing my own food. Plus, it’s cheaper and tastes better than grocery store produce!
Since I’m a DIY kind of girl, I figured why not share my green-thumby secrets with my sisters? I know you don’t all have elaborate gardens at home, and some of you live in apartments with no backyard at all, so I put together this tutorial for creating your own Window Box Herb Garden. Window boxes are great because they require minimal space, create a beautiful view outside your window, and allow you to keep the freshest ingredients at arm’s reach. Plus, herbs don’t need a lot of maintenance, and can be used to enhance just about every dish you can think of. Want to give it a try?
Window Box Herb Garden
- Pick a window! Most herbs prefer an area with plenty of light, little wind, and a close proximity to the kitchen ;)
- Measure the area below your chosen window - remember to include length, width, and depth.
- Take a trip to your local home and garden store! Here you’ll find plenty of window boxes to choose from. I like ones with coconut fiber liners like the one above, which create a natural look while absorbing and maintaining moisture (and prevent root rot). Note: If you choose a clay or wooden window box, you’ll need to drill small drainage holes in the bottom corners.
- While you’re at your garden store, pick up some ph-balanced soil and some already-started herb plants. Some suggestions for window box-friendly herbs are Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Oregano, Thyme and Parsley.
- After your window box is secured to the wall outside your window, fill the box 1/3 of the way with soil.
- Remove your herbs from their plastic containers and gently break apart the root ball with your fingers. Place the plants in your window box in rows, zig zags, or however you like! Keep in mind when considering placement that some plants are tall-growing while others provide more ground-cover. Fill the rest of the box with soil, making sure not to press down too hard around the plants.
- Water your window box for the first time! This will get everything in your box settled, compacting the soil and creating a friendly environment for your herbs.
- Congratulate yourself with a glass of wine!