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Window Box Salad Garden

Plant a salad garden in your window and have fresh greens at your fingertips.

| March 2018

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    Harvest early in the morning for fresh, crisp greens.
    Photo by Ryan Benoit
  • salad greens, plant window box garden
    Plants in order from left to right listed A-E below.
    Photo by Ryan Benoit
  • window box, salad bar, grow your own greens
    “How to Window Box” by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit, helps readers to create the right window box based on their needs.
    Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

  • window box greens, salad garden
  • salad greens, plant window box garden
  • window box, salad bar, grow your own greens

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out (Clarkson Potter, 2018), by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit teaches readers how to build the right window box to fit their individual needs. The window boxes vary from low water and light to high water and light. Grow a convenient window box full of lettuce for easy chopping or a box with detoxifying plants to clean the air they are in. This excerpt is located in, “The Salad Bar.”

The Salad Bar

Join the “Grow Your Own” movement by cultivating kale, lettuce, and other leafy greens outside your windows. Your salads and sandwiches will be better than ever, thanks to your homegrown produce. These veggies are also packed with good-for-you nutrients, including vitamins K, A, and B2, iron, zinc, dietary fiber, and calcium, and antioxidants like vitamin C. Hungry? Harvest the plants’ outer leaves, clipping in the morning when crops are at their crispest and most hydrated.

Location: Outdoors; USDA zones 2–11

Light: High to medium



Window: South-, west-, or east-facing

Ease: Intermediate



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