9 Tips for Growing Vegetables in Window Boxes 

Growing veggies in window boxes maximizes space and beautifies your home. Here are nine starting tips.  

Select Right Vegetables  

Choose container-friendly vegetables for window boxes. Basil, parsley, chives, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, and peppers are great.  

Pick the Right Window  Box  

Your window box should have enough drainage holes to prevent waterlogging and retain enough moisture for plants. Plastic, wood, and metal window boxes are popular, but make sure they're outdoor-friendly.  

Use Good Soil

Buy high-quality container gardening potting mix. Your vegetables get sufficient drainage, aeration, and nutrients.  

Provide enough sun

Most vegetables need six hours of sunlight everyday. Choose a south or west-facing window for maximum sunlight.  

Water Regularly

Potted plants need more water than ground plants. Check soil moisture regularly and water thoroughly when the top inch feels dry. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.  

Fertilize Properly  

Regularly fertilize vegetables with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer because container soil leaches nutrients faster. Apply rates and frequency per manufacturer's directions.  

Support Climbing Plants  

Trellises or stakes can assist vining plants like tomatoes and peas grow erect and avoid sprawling.  

Regularly prune and harvest  

Regularly prune plants to remove dead or diseased foliage and promote healthy development. Harvest veggies quickly when mature to maintain production.  

Check for bugs and  diseases  

Look for aphids, caterpillars, spider mites, and powdery mildew or blight. Fix problems quickly to prevent them from spreading.  


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