Useful tips on how to grow & enjoy fruit & veg. from your windowsill !
What veg to plant
Below are mini-guides as to what veg. to grow in your windowbox and how to grow it, with recommended cultivars that are known for their ease of growing, good flavour, size or hardiness. Simply click on the icon with the starting letter of your vegetable for details..
Although it is possible to grow your own from cloves of supermarket bought garlic bulbs, to avoid disease and possible nematode infection it is better to buy virus-free stock from a garden centre. Split bulbs into cloves and plant in well-drained, fertile soil Plant cloves: In Mid-Autumn to Early Spring Varieties: Germidour, Movatop, White Pear
Although totally unrelated to Globe Artichoke (as it's the root tubers you eat rather than the flowerhead) it again grows far too tall for a windowbox. Consider growing Chinese Artichoke instead.
As beautuful as it is, it grows far too tall to be suitable for a windowbox
Roots of Hamburg Parsley have a similar taste and appearance to parsnips, but are quite a bit smaller. The leaves are hardy and can be used over winter in place of parsley. Needs a good depth of soil. Sow seed: 2cm deep in late Spring/early Summer, sow or thin to 15-20cm apart Varieties: Hamburg Parsley