In this country, window gardening offers residents the pleasure of working with or without containers in the garden. If you live in one room or in a very small place, you can also have a garden with window boxes full of underwear and roses in spring, petunia or fuchia in summer and chrysanthemum in autumn. In winter, green and wild fruits such as bitter pepper or California pine. The English ivy offers a green belt throughout the winter if protected from the wind.
For best results in a window box garden, the box length must be at least three to four feet, but not more than six feet. If it is larger, it is too heavy to hang and secure properly and cannot even be easily lifted by two people. The boxes, which are located on wide window sill and sturdy patio railings, can be eight feet long, but not longer, because moving them becomes too dangerous. Maintain a minimum depth of eight to nine inches, with a width of ten to twelve inches at the top. Of course, the length must vary depending on the window or the number of windows or railings to be decorated with window boxes in the garden.
The most common material for window gardens is wood. California mahogany turns neutral gray when not painted, and fir lasts for years. Cedar and a good choice of white pine are recommended. Other materials include metals that are attractive and mostly lightweight. However, they have the disadvantage that they dispose of heat and thus overheat the floor in your window box garden. Other lightweight materials that are suitable and durable are plastic, fiberglass, bent glass and garden glass.
If you are familiar with tools, you can make your own wooden window box by following the instructions in the brochure from your nursery center or garden. Whatever plan you follow, take boards 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. (Thinner boards are curved and offer little insulation against summer heat.) Use brass screws to hold them, not nails that can tear after a few years and cause the box to fall apart. To make a safe angle, strengthen it with an iron angle. Make sure there are enough drainage holes on the floor so that water can flow freely. Place holes 6 to 8 inches apart when building a garden in your window box.
When the boxes are finished, take care of the inside with preservatives so they don’t rot. Cuprinol or other non-toxic ingredients are very good, but avoid creosote, which is poisonous to plants. After the preservatives are dry, apply at least two coats of paint or a good stain.
Choose colors that won’t harm the plant. Traditional dark green is satisfying, though common, unless you use colors like apple green. Think about the colors of flowers, especially plants that grow along the sides. Dark flowers do not appear against dark colors. The same applies to white flowers on bright surfaces and to white petunias on white or pale yellow squares.
Use bolts or screws to ensure the safety of garden window boxes and pre-care them to avoid rust. Leave about one centimeter of space for air movement between the window garden and the house. If the garden box needs to be placed on a patio or other hard surface, lift it into a slot or place it on a brick or block of wood so the drainage holes are not blocked. The small space under the box is also important for the circulation of air that drains water that comes out.
If you plant a garden with window boxes, place a centimeter thick, broken flower pot, broken bricks, small stones or gravel on the ground so that water can flow freely through the hole. Spread a piece of wet blister or a layer of wet moss sphagnum, old leaves, hard coal or staples on it to prevent the floor from washing in the drainage area.
All plants in the garden window need rich soil for fertile growth. Cosmic Larger Species – Geraniums, Coleus, and Fuchsias are eight to ten inches apart; smaller species – lobelia, annual phlox, wax begonias, sweet alyssum, and curls – a distance of six inches. The 8-centimeter box contains two rows of plants, the big one in the back and the low one in front. Ten-inch wagons occupy three rows of plants, high, medium and low for the edges.
After planting, spread an inch of peat moss or other mulch on the ground to slow drainage and keep weeds under control. After a month, give liquid fertilizer every seven to ten days and monitor feeding. Leaf fertilizer can also be used, but only as a complement to staple foods.
The choice of plants for window gardens is only limited by size. Plants on the feet do not look good unless the box is very large. If not, you can grow almost everything you want. For early spring, you can start with Dutch flower bulbs. In cold areas they can be bought to grow or you can grow yourself.
Try water hyacinth with pants or early tulips or lilies grafted with water hyacinth, or a basket of gold and arabis with coins, chionodox, or leucodium. Add some English daisies and fragrant walls, as is usually the case in garden window boxes in Western Europe. Violas, Blue Phlox, Aubretia and the unforgettable are other options.
Favorite plants in window gardening are geraniums – red or pink for white, beige or bright or dark blue squares; white for brown, blue or red squares. The famous colorful Vinca is perfect for them. Vinca thrives in the sun or in the shade and must be constantly clamped so that it does not last too long. English and German Ivy are other followers to the sun or shade. In the sun, low season, marigold dwarf, lobel and verbena form a beautiful edge and sweet alyssum white, purple or lavender. Petunia competes for popularity with geraniums and any species can be planted, although this type of balcony has the advantage of gracefully going out on the side of a window box garden.
In the shade, which is open to the sky like on the north side of the house, coleus grows very well, with the white and green species forming a beautiful contrast to the red-pink leaves. Coleus wallows in rich soil and requires a lot of moisture. Pinch to get the bush and improve the look, release the blue flower ears unless you like it. Coleus The Trailing Queen is one of the best.
Other shade-tolerant plants are English ivy and its varieties, Jenny Creeping, Ivy Kenilworth, Creeping Fig, German Ivy, colorful gills above the ground, myrtle, Jewish wanderers, zebras, achimen, chlorophytum, Bethlehem star or Italian strawberries.
These are just a few tips for planting gardens in your window box. Be creative with color and texture. Designing window boxes and gardening in containers will be your next favorite hobby.
Have fun gardening!
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