In springtime, my little Paris kitchen takes a big sigh of relief, and comes alive with little signs of spring. Bunches of flowers, grocery bags full of fresh market goodies, and the odd tub of ice-cream all start making their way into my apartment , as well as some new additions to my window box garden. Whilst we may not have heaps of space here in Paris, people make do with what they’ve got, and cultivate little green spaces in their homes – and at their windows.
Here are my tips for looking after your window box garden. (My biggest tip? Ask for advice! If you’re new to gardening ask, ask, ask as many questions as you need. Your local gardening shop, family members, and your neighbours are sure to be a wealth of knowledge when it comes to setting up a window box).
Firstly, set yourself up for a good start, and buy good quality seeds and seedlings. Some of my go-to window box goodies are baby radishes, different types of salad leaves, and basil. Love these vintage seed packets! And this is a cute DIY seed pack gift idea.
1 *– The Gardeners Hand Therapy range from Crabtree & Evelyn is divine. Even if your hands don’t get too worn out by pottering around in a little window box, it’s a good excuse for a bit of pampering!
2 *– My window box is located by my kitchen window. So to keep things tidy, I try and pop on gardening gloves when I’m alternating between cooking and gardening. (And helps to make me feel like I have a real-sized garden!)
4 *– Love this cute watering can from Liberty. Would also look great filled with a bunch of flowers.
5 *– Keep some twine handy for tying small trellises in your window box.
And here are some interesting musings on urban gardening.