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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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.

Attach Battens to WindowboxEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Drill Drainage Holes Along Base of WindowboxEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

band of copper tape around box wil deter snailsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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