How to Grow Herbs in a Window Box


Having a window box just outside your home is an easy way to keep plants within reach and for decoration. Make sure the window box is easily maintained and accessible for regular clipping, watering and weeding. Once the fragrant and beautiful herbs appear, you will be taking fresh cuttings for cooking, drying and giving to friends and family.

Step 1

Line the window box with a coco fiber liner or with landscaping fabric. Make sure the box drains well, but the liner will help hold some moisture so the soil doesn't quickly dry.

Step 2

Fill the box with clean potting soil up to about 2 inches from the top. Dig a small hole just larger than the size of the potted seedlings where each herb will go.

Step 3

Remove the pots from the seedlings one at a time by positioning the stem of the herb between your fingers on one hand and carefully slipping the pot off with the other hand. Untangle the root ball gently with your fingers if the roots are spiraling around the base.

Step 4

Set each herb into a hole and fill in with potting soil to hold the plants in place. Fill the window box with more soil as needed to bring the soil level up to a 1/2 inch from the rim.

Step 5

Saturate the box with water two or three times a week when the top inch of soil is dry. Water more often when the heat of summer hits.

Step 6

Remove all weeds at watering time.

Things You'll Need

  • Window box
  • Coco fiber liner or landscaping fabric
  • Potting soil
  • Hand trowel
  • Potted herb seedlings


  • "The Edible Herb Garden"; Rosalind Creasy; 1999
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.