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.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Attach Battens to Base
Attach the base by screwing it to both side and end pieces. Cut two battens to size, to fit the underside of the box. These will lift the base off the windowsill, allowing space for drainage. Turn the box upside down and attach the battens with short screws.
Drill Drainage Holes
Good drainage is essential for healthy plants. With the box still upside down, use a drill to make a 1/2" hole every 4 inches along the base of the trough. Take care not to damage the surface be-low.
Fix Copper Tape
Attach a band of copper tape around the trough to deter snails and slugs, and to provide a decorative finish. Check that you have sufficient tape to wrap all the way around without leaving any gaps.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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