Make a Windowbox of Herbs and Lettuce

Growing herbs and salads in a windowbox provides a fresh supply close to the kitchen, and by making your own box, you can ensure it fits your space perfectly. All you need are some simple tools and a few basic carpentry skills.

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When to Start: any time
At Its Best: spring or summer
Time to Complete: 4 hours

Materials Needed:

  • herbs and small lettuce plants
  • drill, saw and tape measure
  • 2" self-tapping screws
  • treated lumber
  • battens (about 1/2" thick)
  • copper anti-slug tape
  • 1/2" roofing tacks
  • compost

Measure Wood

Decide on the length of your windowbox and buy pieces of wood long enough to make two sides, two ends and a base, and mark them out.

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Cut Into Lengths

Double-check the measurements and cut out the pieces. To create straight cuts and a neater finish, support both ends of the lumber as you saw.

Straight Cuts Needed for WindowboxesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Screw Sides Together

Use self-tapping screws to attach one side piece to an end piece; two screws should be enough. If the wood is hard, drill small pilot holes first. Repeat with the other side and end pieces. Screw the two sections together.

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