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How to Plant a Window Basket or Box

How-To: Plant a Lush Window Basket

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, one of the easiest ways to add curb appeal to your home is to hang a window box. While there are plenty of stylish windowboxes on the market, my favorites are actually window baskets, or trough window boxes, which are made of iron and allow your plants and moss liner to sort of peek through. Hooks and Lattice has a good selection for around $30 each. Making one is as easy as one, two, three, and you can even put herbs in it if you're hanging it from your kitchen window.

  1. Line the window basket. Sheet moss, either fresh or preserved, will keep your plants from falling through those gaps but still allow water to drain. Coconut liners aren't quite as pretty and green, but they typically last longer then moss liners. Either will do!
  2. Next, fill the window basket nearly to the top with potting soil.
  3. Dig little divots and huddle together some plug plants in the soil. You can pick these up at your local nursery or hardware store, and because much of the initial growth of the plant has already begun, it'll get your little garden growing fast!

One more tip: make sure not to plant and hang these until the last frost has passed. Enjoy!

Source: Flickr user LydiaL

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