Window boxes bring the garden into the home. Through the windows you can often see beautiful flowers and plants further away from the house, but you may not be able to see plantings near the house. That is until you install window planter boxes. With these beauties you will always be able to have a great view. It will be the one you planted.
If you’re in an apartment or in the city, window planter boxes let you have a little bit of nature in your home. It’s like keeping a little taste of the country with you when you’re dealing with city life. Whether in a window or on the fire escape, it’s a nice break from the hectic city style.
Before purchasing these you need to know what you’re looking for.
The first trait to look into is the window size. Measure the width of your window before you start shopping. You also need to measure the amount of window sill from front to back. You don’t want to buy large window boxes for a thin window sill only to see them teeter and finally topple over, ruining all the work you did to make them beautiful.
Next, know what kind of plants you want to put in those boxes. You have to make sure there will be enough space in them for the root system of the plants. Plants need a decent amount of space to spread their roots to pull in nutrients and grow strong. Make sure you have boxes with enough space to let your plant thrive.
Some plants need more drainage than others, so make sure your box can let the extra water out. If you get the wrong kind of window planter boxes and they hold too much water in, you’re going to end up with mildew growing on the plants, and that can kill them.
While your window planter boxes may look great to start with, the only way to keep them looking great is to make sure they are easy to access so you can feed and water them as needed.
Another thing to consider when you are selecting window planter boxes is the material they are made of. Some materials need more maintenance than others. Wood boxes may well break down over time. One of the best styles is plastic. While you may be picturing those plain looking plastic window boxes, these days plastic pieces are much more attractive. They are now being cast to look like stone, and other decorative items. Plastic can also be strong and sturdy. If you are more interested in an organic look for your window planter boxes, you may want to look into terra cotta pieces. Terra cotta is very natural and beautiful.
Many people like to use them to grow a couple of herbs to accent their meals, if you are going to do this kind of growing or grow other things to eat, make sure to look for planter boxes that have not been chemically treated.