Window Box Ideas
Window Box Ideas
Choosing plants for containers and window boxes is such fun; there are so many creative possibilities! Everywhere you turn in the garden center there are vibrant flowers, striking foliage, and tremendous textures to pick from. Here are a few ideas for great window box combinations and some tips for success.
TIP: Be sure that your boxes have drainage holes drilled or poked through before you plant them.
TIP: Fill the entire window box with soil. Do not put rocks, shards, mulch or other materials in the bottom.
TIP: Use a good quality potting soil for your boxes such as Coast of Maine Bar Harbor blend…these potting mixes have been blended to promote the fastest root growth without being too heavy.
TIP: Mix fertilizer into the soil before you plant. If you use a mix of a time-release fertilizer such as Osmocote, and an organic fertilizer such as Flower-Tone, your plants will be well nourished all summer. Use about 1 tablespoon of this mix per plant.
TIP: If you’re recycling old soil from last year, dump it into a wheelbarrow and add some Coast of Maine compost along with the fertilizer mix. Chop up old root balls and mix well before re-filling the boxes.
TIP: When you water your window boxes be sure to run the hose for a few minutes to clear any sun-heated water out first. Hot water from a hose can kill your container plants! Water well and then come back and water again so that the entire root zone is well saturated. If possible, sneak your hose or can spout under the foliage so that you’re watering the soil and not the plants.
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