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Window Box Edibles

Improve your views with window boxes brimming with garden-fresh flavors. Learn which edible plants grow best in boxes.

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Herbal Perspective

Keep fresh herbs close at hand with a wooden window box filled with culinary favorites, like mint, cilantro, tricolor sage and spearmint. An edging of thyme alternating with silver thyme finishes the box with a flavorful flourish. Wood gives a rustic look to any window box garden. Untreated lumber offers an inexpensive option for a wooden window box. Treat wood to extend its life with two coats of cheap cooking oil. You’ll detect an odor the first season that will fade in subsequent years.

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Window Box Edible Garden

Look for window boxes that come with a sturdy stand when mounting a box beneath a window isn’t possible. This box bursts with flavors that can season salads and soups or spice up the grill. Plants include, left to right: Tuscan kale, basil, pansy, sage, leaf lettuce, lavender, eggplant and rosemary.

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Leaf Lettuce for Harvesting

Fill your salad bowl with homegrown lettuce from a window box. Using the cut-and-come-again harvest technique, you can enjoy a healthy, homegrown lettuce supply for several months. Plant lettuce seed thickly in rows. Within each row, snip alternating clumps to harvest, leaving a short stub. After harvesting, apply a water-soluble fertilizer to jump-start stub re-sprouting.

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Indoor Window Box Herbs

Create your own twist on traditional window boxes by mounting yours on the inside of a bright, sunny window. Many herbs grow well indoors, such as basil, sage, rosemary and thyme. For the most flavorful leaves, provide the brightest light you can.

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