Darin Engh, from Engh Gardens, shows how to use an indoor window box, one of the hot new gardening trends this year.
Fresh Air Window Box
Arrange a variety of houseplants together to freshen your air indoors.
An Early Spring
Get a preview of spring with bulbs. Try forcing bulbs like – tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and crocus and tuck in blooming cyclamen.
An Herb Garden in a Window Box
You don’t need a garden to grow a nice assortment of herbs. In a 24-inch window box you can easily grow four kinds of herbs, and if your sill will hold a 36-inch box, you can plant half a dozen. Begin by filling the box with potting soil. Space the plants evenly, then fill around them with potting soil. Water the window box until water drips out the bottom. Let the soil dry out between waterings. If soil feels dry to touch, it’s time to water. Almost all herbs require full sun. With a little bit of work, you will be rewarded with fresh herbs and all the delicious treats you can make with them!
Herbs to try: Sweet Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
Flower, Vegetable, and Herb Window Box
Rather than arrange these plants separately in a container, as we so often do, why not try combining all three into a window-box design. Try combining these plants together:
Senetti Blue Pericallis – masses of vividly-hued blooms float above rounded, compact foliage. Unmatched for winter and early spring color, the plants stay beautifully for weeks indoor, then re-bloom after they move outside. Will tolerate low temperatures outside in early spring. Keep from frost.
violas, lettuce, curly parsley, flatleaf parsley, fennel, thyme.
For more information, you can contact Darin at Engh Gardens in Sandy at (801) 748-0102 or online at www.enghgardens.com.