You don’t have to stick with just flowers in your flowerboxes to add some color under your Louisville windows. Since you will be pulling out the summer/spring flowers soon, why not plant colorful winter veggies in the flowerbox now?
These veggies will thrive in the cooler temperatures, add a unique range of color to your window box, and can be eaten instead of thrown away when they are done.
What to Plant in Your Louisville Winter Window Box
When you are picking out what to plant, it will be mostly leafy, cold-weather veggies and root veggies. For example you will be working with:
- Some varieties of onion
- Brussel Sprouts
- Collard Greens
- Swiss Chard
If you are confused and need help in choosing the right winter veggies for your window box, talk to the person at your local nursery. They should have the expertise to help you with what plants will work in the size that is available in your window box, and also when to plant.
Another thing you will want to pay attention to, and possibly ask about, is the color that the winter veggie is going to be. After all, you are planting these veggies in your Louisville window box as a decoration for the outside of your home, and not just to eat.
Taking Care of your Winter Veggies in Your Window Box
Watering your winter veggies is going to be a little different than what you do for summer veggies. In the summer, the best time to water is in the cool morning. This is so the water you are putting out actually gets to the plants and doesn’t evaporate in the heat. With winter veggies you want to water during the warmer part of the day to prevent the water from freezing on the plants.
Before you plant though, clean out your Louisville window box off all the dead plants and garbage that has collected over the summer. Once cleaned out, add some garden fertilizer to the soil to revitalize it. The nutrients in the soil gets used up by the flowers that were in there over the spring and summer, so adding fertilizer will help the winter veggies that you are planting in there to grow faster and healthier.
Winter vegetables are usually grown from seeds as stores rarely, if ever, sell starter plants like they do in the spring. The best time to plant these seeds is anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks before the first frost for your area. Of course, the planting time depends heavily on what you are growing.
Once they are up and growing, you are going to have lovely fall colors in your Louisville window box to enjoy long after the spring and summer flowers you had planted in there are gone.