Regardless of your age, gardening can be a rewarding and enjoyable hobby. However, it can also be time-consuming and not surprisingly, many people feel as if they just don’t have the time or energy to take care of a garden, especially a larger one.
Window box gardening can be the perfect solution for anyone who enjoys gardening and likes to enjoy the sight and smell of fresh plants and flowers, but has a limited amount of time to devote to it.
One of the big advantages of window box gardening is that a smaller area is obviously much easier and less expensive to maintain, yet at the same time it provides the same enjoyment that a larger garden can offer. A garden in a window box can be enjoyed from inside your home without you having to leave the comfort of indoors, as your plants can be visible from inside your home, and enjoyed throughout the day.
Keep in mind the following key points if you want your venture into window box gardening to be enjoyable and successful.
The placement of your window box is one of the most important considerations, and the types of flowers and plants you have will be affected to some extent by the location of your window box. You should make sure that your window box receives sunlight and this is one of the key factors in deciding where to place it. You will be somewhat limited on your choice of plants if you have to keep your window box in constant shade. If you live in an apartment, but want the enjoyment of maintaining a small garden, window box gardening can be the perfect solution.
The color and material of the surrounding buildings can affect the amount of sunlight that your window boxes receive, so if you live in an apartment, the positioning of your window box is important.
You can safely choose plats that thrive in full sunlight if the surrounding buildings are white, as they will reflect sufficient sunlight. However, your best choice of plants will be those that require only partial sunlight are dark in cold, as some of the sunlight will be absorbed.
The wind is another factor that you will need to take into account if you want your window box garden to be a success.
The higher up you are, the greater the speed of the wind, meaning that if you live high up in an apartment building, the wind speed will be higher than if you lived on a lower floor. The last thing you want is for your window box to literally blow off the building and hurt someone down on the ground; even if that doesn’t happen, your plants can be damaged by high wind. Always make sure that your window box is attached to the building as safely and as securely as possible, and this is especially important if you live higher up in an apartment block.
There are four common types of material for window boxes – clay, plastic, metal and wood – and after choosing the location of the window box, the type of material is an important consideration.
In order for a clay window box to effectively cope with the soil, you will have to glaze it. Another consideration if deciding on a clay box is that it can be quite heavy. If your main concern is choosing a sturdy yet affordable window box, a plastic box may be your ideal solution.
Your individual requirements will largely determine the type of box that best works for you.
Your local garden center can provide useful advice on choosing the most suitable plants, which is your next decision. The right kind of soil and the temperatures in your area are two considerations and a good garden center can help with both of those factors. To avoid having weeds in your window box, make sure your window box isn’t too overcrowded with plants.
Turning your window box around every so often can ensure your flowers are just as visible from inside your home, as from the outside. Your flowers will grow straight, rather than grow away from the window.