Add green space to your place with window boxes
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April 16, 2011 — Almost anyone can add some green space to their place by hanging a host of window boxes. Mike McGrath reveals what these very different kinds of containers need to do their best. Plus your fabulous phone calls.
We have lovely window boxes on the sunniest side of our row house. But I killed most everything I put in the boxes last year; it all burnt up. (I think my problem was waiting until May to begin planting.) The ‘boxes’ are wrought iron holders to which we add a liner to hold the soil and plants. What’s the best material to use: shaped moss, burlap, wood, clay? We understand that we should use the same non-soil, or light-on-soil mix you recommend for other potted plants—correct? And should we water them like you recommend for a lawn? Or more frequently? Get the answer »