How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out

by Chantal Aida Gordon, Ryan Benoit


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Grow a few square feet of green no matter where you live. Meet the window box: by far the most accessible container garden for any skill level, space, or quality of light. Whether your window faces south where the sun floods in or north with nothing but shade, these indoor and outdoor projects show you how to easily arrange and cultivate succulents, herbs, cacti, vegetables, monstera, and more. Bright photography and instructions take you from understanding soil and watering needs to personalizing your own box, making this a great primer for anyone who is green to gardening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524760243
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: How To Series Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 600,816
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

CHANTAL AIDA GORDON and RYAN BENOIT are the founders of award-winning blog The Horticult. Gordon has written for T Magazine, Teen Vogue, NBC, and more. As an engineer, photographer, and founder of Ryan Benoit Design, Benoit invents and designs modern furniture, fixtures and planters that have been featured in the New York Times. They live in Southern California.

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How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
This book covers everything you need to know about window box gardening--A to Z! The introduction presents basic information such as light requirements for indoor and outdoor gardening, light requirements for window boxes, tools, how to buy plants, etc. I found the soil types charts and hydration information to be extremely detailed and helpful. The authors lead readers through the fertilization and pruning processes and how to replace dead plants. 'The Boxes' section of the book is colorful, engaging, and intriguing. Here the authors display the various window boxes they have designed and give detailed 'recipes' for each project. The projects range from cacti gardens {The Sand Box} to the lush Rain Forest window box and everything in-between! The kitchen boxes are unique and clever. I was fascinated with the 'Edible Petals' project which includes flowers that can be eaten. Nasturtium, alyssum, marigold, geranium, and dianthus are a few of the varieties included in this project. The 'Salad Bar' box includes lettuces, kale, and spinach. The 'Herb Garden' is whimsical with its chalkboard paint sides on which a gardener can label the plants with chalk. This garden includes oregano, thyme, parsley, sage, etc. The photography is excellent as are the stepped-out instructions for the projects. The type is rather small on some of the sidebars in the book, so be aware of that if you're buying the book for someone who prefers or needs a larger text size. All in all, this book is highly-recommended for gardeners, plant and flower lovers, inventive cooks, do-it-your-selfers, and parents/grandparents who like to work on DIY projects with their children/tweens/teens! I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. I received no compensation from Blogging for Books or any other party for posting this review here or on any other sites. ################
Laeljeanne More than 1 year ago
This gorgeous, little book begins with a basic introduction to container gardening: aesthetics, placement, sunlight, tools, soil / topping, plant selection, watering, and maintenance. It’s then divided into16 chapters with succinct, descriptive headings, such as Herb Garden, Edible Petals, Southern Belle, and Rain Forest. Each chapter begins with a photo of the finished product and a quick review box of logistics: location, light, window direction, ease of care, soil / topping, water, and feed. Following is a spread of the individual plants with Latin and layman names. Step-by-step instructions have corresponding pictures. At the end, there’s a short chapter on customizing a box and another listing resources. For a hobby gardener, anyone who lives in an apartment, or someone who cannot have plants inside due to pets, this book is perfect for a weekend project to make a beautiful arrangement for a window, balcony, or out of pet’s reach inside. Information is laid out for quick and easy understanding. Take it along to the nursery to choose the plants—it’s small enough to throw in a purse or cargo pants pocket. I was fortunate to receive this wonderful book through Blogging for Books for an honest review. I plan to make the Detox Box to clean the air in my home—the authors shared a bit of trivia that “snake plants were shown in a NASA Clean Air Study to remove benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and other toxins from their surroundings.”