Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Prep Window Boxes for Fall

Properly maintained window boxes can add a touch of color and charm to any home, and in the spring and summertime maintenance of window boxes is relatively straightforward. With the approach of fall and crisper temperatures, it may be tempting to give up on the window boxes so meticulously maintained the rest of the growing season. Giving up is not necessary, and doing so eliminates a great chance for creativity and festivity.

Planting and maintaining window boxes for the fall, while often overlooked, is actually typically easier than doing so in the warmer months. Less watering is usually required and general maintenance of fall plants is typically less.

Pumpkins and Gourds
Pumpkins and gourds come in a nearly limitless supply of shapes, sizes, and colors. As an added benefit, they are in abundance in the fall season. Small pumpkins and gourds can be grown or purchased from just about any nursery, garden center, or grocery store. Simply arrange them in the window box for a festive addition.

Kale and Cabbage
Cold hardy vegetables, such as kale and cabbage are not merely green leaves. They come in a wide variety of colors, including greens, blues, purples, and reds. While some varieties have been bred for purely decorative purposes, many are still edible and extremely nutritious. The colors tend to brighten as the weather cools.

Another edible idea for the fall window box is peppers. Sweet peppers come in a myriad of colors and sizes. While this is not a feasible option for more northern climates, those living in milder areas can enjoy the color, tastiness, and nutrition of sweet peppers well into the fall. The first frost will kill the peppers, but if brought indoors can often thrive throughout the winter.

Mums and Other Decorative Plants
Mums are arguably the most common fall flowers and come in a fantastic array of colors. These are a great option for window boxes. Other flowering plants to consider include sedum and verbena. Boxwoods can be planted in boxes and will remain evergreen throughout the winter. They can then easily be transplanted into the ground when spring arrives.

Don't be afraid to be creative and try new things in your window box this fall. Hopefully this sampling of ideas will give you some great ideas!


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