“ Brand: Homebase / Type: Planters „
Since moving into our own home 4 1/2 years ago my husband Mark and myself have become keen gardeners growing both flowers and a few vegetables too. Ever since we have been there I have wanted a window boxes both at the back and the front but what with one thing and another we have never got around to it. This summer I was determined to have at least 1 window box and decided to have it at my kitchen window.
We chose a plastic container for the window box because we are currently looking to move so didn't want to spend too much on something that may not fit a different house. The planter we chose from our local Homebase was the Terrace Trough.
The Terrace Trough is available in 2 colours green and terracotta, we chose green. Its made from moulded plastic and measures 60x12 cm's and 15 cm's high, there is also one available at 100cm's long if you want a longer one. The top of the trough has a small lip running around the top to finish it off, there is also a small lined pattern running around it but to be honest this isn't very noticeable especially when planted. Homebase also matching plastic trays to put under the trough.
The Terrace Trough isn't sold strictly as a window box so it doesn't come with any brackets or fixings, personally we just stood it on our window sill however you could attach brackets to your wall just below the window and sit the trough in them. Sitting it on the window sill has been ok because we never open our kitchen window we always have the patio doors open which are in the kitchen, however if you do open your window you need to think of this.
The trough didn't come with any drainage holes in the bottom however it was easy enough to drill some ourselves.
Before I planted up my trough I put a layer of stones in the bottom to give it some extra weight, I was worried the plants would grow over the edge and overbalance it.
I was in 2 minds as to what to put in my trough, flowers or herbs, in the end I opted for flowers, Taller ones at the back of the trough and trailing towards the front. My Terrace Trough has been in place all summer and I have so pleased with it, although its made of plastic once the plants grew you couldn't see the plastic however being plastic may be a good thing, it means its not as heavy should it fall, Its large enough to make a nice display without taking over my window.
If you fancy a window box but don't want to fork out too much money then I would recommend the Terrace Trough from Homebase, it looks so pretty with flowers however it would look equally as nice with herbs or strawberries, I would certainly buy this trough again.