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I visit B&Q on a regular basis for gardening supplies. On my last visit I bought a venetian type window box (trough) for the price of £4.50. The window box/trough is made completely from Terracotta and is 61 cms long. The window box/trough is also available to buy in a 32cm size. B&Q stock lots of different types of terracotta pots, some troughs, some round tubs and some square shaped tub/troughs. The troughs/pots are widely available to buy from most B&Q stores.
B&Q Terracotta range is very well priced and it is the cheapest place I know for terracotta pots/troughs.
The window box is made completely from Terracotta. Terracotta is an Italian term for "baked earth", a clay-based unglazed ceramic.
The terracotta, baked earth, the window box is made from is quite thick and very light red in colour - terracotto. The window box is quite light and you can easily move it around. It become much heavier when you fill it with soil and then becomes a lot harder to move around the garden. If you have bought the larger size terracotta window box then it often works out much easier to plant them up in situ.
The window box is very good for planting spring flowering bulbs in, like mini daffadils and mini tulips. The window box is not all that deep, about 30cms. For this reason you have to make sure that you do not plant anything in them that grows too tall. If you planted normal daffodils in this window box then they would grow to big and the dept of the trough would not be able to hold the daffodils and they might just fall over. This is because the window box is not deep enough to hold the daffodil bulb and plant, there is not enough soil in the box to give the bulb and plant stability as it grows.
I use my window box for, as I said before for small spring flowering bulbs. Whe the bulbs are past their best I then replant the box with Petunias and Begonias for summer flowering. These two plants work well as they do not grow too tall, and the window box holds them well. When the Petunias and Begonias are past their best I then plant Winter Pansies in the box. These again like the other plants are quite small in height, they grow well in a box. Hence the window box is used all year long and is great value for money.
I really like these terracotta products but there is one downside. The Terracotta is not glazed and hence not frost proof and therefore if you leave them out in exposed places in winter and they come into contact with frost then the terracotta cracks. If you don't have the room to store these pots in a garage or shed over winter and you just leave them out then they will not last long. If you store them over winter in sheds or your garage then they will last for many years.
If your terracotta does crack then there is still a use for the cracked material. Break up the broken terracotta into smaller pieces and next time you are filling a larger terracotta pot, say the 40cm size, put some of the broken terracotta pieces at the bottom of your large pot. This saves on the amount of soil you will need to use to fill the pot.
Another good use for this terracotta window box is to fill it with soil and then plant up your plug plants (small plants not ready to go outside) let the small plants grow away in the terracotta box inside your greenhouse. Then when the plants are ready to go outside you have ready filled window boxes, perfect for patios/windowsills.
All in all I really like these terracotta products, they are very good value, they are available in a variety of sizes and are sold in most B&Q Stores.
They are nice to give as gifts and on Mother's Day I gave my mum a terracotta window box filled with mini tulips and daffodils, my mum loved it.
These window boxes really do make lovely gifts. They are very good value and look great in the garden.
I have 3 venetian style terracotta window boxes dotted around my property, each one is supported under the window using a very robust set of brackets. My local garden centre were the suppliers of my terracotta window boxes - a lot on the market are just cheap plastic imitations that are useless in my opinion. As my window boxes are made from durable terracotta pot, they are both weatherproof and long-lasting. I use 10kg bags of good quality compost to fill them each year, and it is soon swallowed up by these window boxes! if you decide to place the window boxes on the ground, I would advise you raise them slightly from the ground - perhaps using pieces of broken pots, as drainage is important. There is nothing worse than overloading the boxes with water as your plants will simply rot.
At 90cm long they are quite large, with a depth and width of around 15cm. I use them for a wide range of plants throughout the year. As my pot window boxes have well-sized drainage holes in them, they are ideal for a huge variety of plants. You can use them for just sitting on a garden wall if you wish, as the decoration is subtle with their venetian style drape design. Terracotta is a colour that will suit most gardens, but if it isn't to your tastes then there is little else to put you off buying them. The cheap plastic versions cost just a couple of pounds, but I paid £20 for three terracotta pot window boxes, which I think is a bargain! I would definitely recommend the pot versions over the plastic ones, and the fact they will last so much longer and look much better are just two reasons to help you make your choice. Brighten up your garden this Summer with the Venetian window boxes!
I don't mean to brag but I have a beautiful house. It's Victorian with wonderfully high ceilings and it's original sash windows. The only problem is that when you look out of my beautiful window, you look straight onto the not so beautiful garage roof! So how could I improve the view I wondered... Of course, window boxes! So, much to my workmates distress, I took a trip to B&Q's garden centre after work, and there they were! Stacked up to the sky, a pyramid of terracotta window boxes (the kind you can stand on a Victorian wide sill). I decided that as they were relatively small (about 30" x 6" with a depth of about 6") that I had better have two. More expense, but if a job's worth doing? Then came the best part - the pots were only £2 each. Yes, really! I considered buying them for the whole house rather than just my room but my workmate managed to calm me down with reason...;) Now all I needed was to fill them. There are a large variety of plants suitable for window boxes and luckily B&Q had an assistant in the Garden centre who was very knowledgeable and helpful. All I knew was that I wanted to look out of my bedroom window to a splash of colourful flowers so he advised me to get pansies (which are flowering at the moment) and geraniums (which will flower in the Summer). The final step was to buy a bag of mud, or potting compost as they like to call it. The assistant advised me that a 10 litre bag (B&Q's smallest size) would be plenty enough for my boxes, bringing my total bill to only £11.98! The ingredients were very easy to put together, "just tip in the mud and stick the plants in ", and because of their small size are light and easy to carry. Definitely a bargain, for a beautiful view and a sense of achievement (I've never done any gardening in my life before). I'll have to keep you posted on the progress on my geraniums!