A Window Box for Any Season: Gardening Tips

Flower filled window boxes dress up your
home’s exterior. Hi, I’m William Moss and I want to show you
how to create a window box for all seasons by changing out the plants, keeping it fresh
and fun. First, the basics…
Your window box has to have drainage holes like all containers. If they don’t have holes in them, you’ve got to get
a drill and put some in yourself. That way the plants won’t rot out
and sit in this thing that’s too soggy. Secondly, the size…
It needs to be the same width as your window and the depth needs to be
about six to eight inches to allow proper root run.
And third… you’ve got to put a good potting soil mix in your container, your window box.
You don’t want to use anything from the garden or yard…
that stuff is way too heavy. You need a lighter mix for your window box.
You want to fill up about two-thirds full of soil… we’re almost there
now… then we’re going to add a structural element, a small tree. Alberta spruce, like this
guy, small boxwoods, a small abervides, make
great additions to window boxes cause they’re evergreen and
they will hold their color all year… and it’s a great focal point. Now let’s start with our seasonal plantings.
For spring, we like to add cold weather, tough and hardy flowers like these
pansies. Get a few of them in here.
Pansies are a great choice because they bloom for a long time
and they can take temperatures even down to freezing. Perennial herbs are
also great additions in spring. These chives are gonna fit beautifully in here, and we’ve also got some parsley
that we’re gonna put in here. And this box is ready to go all spring. The heat of summer is gonna wilt the pansies,
so we got rid of those guys and we’re going to replace them with some summer loving annuals…
but we can leave in the Alberta spruce and our herbs,
because they can take the summer weather.
Two great choices for replacing the pansies are petunias, which love the heat of
summer and will cascade over the side and really make
your window box pop. And geraniums, and these guys also are lovers of that summer heat and will
bloom all season long we Adam you want to make
sure but as you’re opening them up if you have
tangled roots, you just kind of pull them out a bit and then
place them on in a pot. That way to roots will spread out and
grow all throughout the pot. And now this window box is set for summer
will give us color through all those sizzling hot days. As fall brings the cooler temperatures,
you’ll have to get rid of those summer annuals, they just won’t perform as well.
But that’s a great time to change it out with some Asters or
Mums, or we can go back to our pansies because
they are a cool weather plant. So we’re going to throw
a few more pansies in here to add that fall color, and we still got our Alberta spruce and our herbs growing well… we can even still cut them for recipes.
And now the window box has a fresh fall feel with a few change
outs. As freezing temperatures arrive, all the
plants have to come out except the small tree. This Alberta Spruce has a holiday feel, and adding cut evergreen balls, like
these pines and junipers, just continues that theme.
We’ll throw in a few ornaments. You can use natural ornaments too like the
pine cones we have placed out in front. And now we have a window box that’ll take you all the way through
winter and back to spring again. A window box with year-round beauty is easy when you start with an all-season
structure like a small tree, and then switch out the flowers and other
plantings as the seasons progress.
You will have a beautiful view all year long.

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