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What you can grow to eat in a window box

Snipping salad leaves from a window box
Snipping salad leaves from a window box Credit: Maarigard / Dorling Kindersley

Gardening expert and no-dig allotmenteer Jack Wallington provides weekly advice on how to grow food yourself

I adore window boxes, those unsung troughs that occupy a uniquely prominent spot inside or out. Whether you have no garden, or you’d just like to use them to decorate your property, everyone can grow something in a window box.

Herbs are the easiest, most attractive edibles for window boxes, especially sun lovers such as thyme, lavender, sage, chives and rosemary. They’ll grow well for a year or two, with pruning to contain their size, which happens naturally when picked for cooking. Mints are ideal in shade if kept moist, vigorously filling an entire trough with attractive, aromatic...

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