Last week, I had my favorite handyman, Dan, turn one of my darling flea market finds into a window box. Now, whether this planter was meant to be a planter remains a mystery. However, that’s the beauty of flea markets: one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. As soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew it was what I’d use for my long-awaited urban garden.

In my opinion, just about the only downside to city living is the fact that there is limited to no outdoor space. Luckily, Washington Square is only a couple blocks away from my apartment, but when it comes to outdoor space of my own, I have none whatsoever. My mom has maintained an amazing herb garden over the years, and being that I’m so into cooking, it’s been something that I’ve really missed since moving out. Thus, I decided to grow a mini version of my own.

Because the planter I chose is relatively small, I was limited to selecting just three herbs. The decision was tough, but I ultimately decided on mint for mojitos and other libations; oregano for Italian dishes; and cilantro for salsas, guacamole, and Asian dishes. I wanted select a nice variety so that I can use them in my recipes regularly.

As long as you purchase the right hardware, you can select just about any rectangular-shaped container you desire. The only stipulation is that there is some means of allowing water to drain − something porous that will keep the soil in while allowing for excessive water drainage. Dan used weather stripping foam to fill the already-existing gaps in mine, but if you were to use a container without an opening on the bottom, you could simply drill several tiny holes.

Shout out to my handsome guest blogger for typing up these instructions for me!

What you’ll need:

  • The rectangular-shaped container of your choice
  • Weather stripping foam or a drill to create the means for proper water drainage
  • 2 metal L-brackets with screws
  • 2 metal flat-brackets with screws

What you’ll do:

  • Fill the gaps with the weather stripping foam (or drill several tiny holes depending on the container you’re working with)
  • Mount the L-brackets on the inside of one side of the planter; make sure they are long enough to screw into the window sill
  • Before the planter is secured, prefit it to see if it will sit flush against the outside wall; if it doesn’t, take the flat brackets and attach them to the bottom of the planter, allowing the planter to sit away from the wall while adding extra lateral support
  • When all the brackets are installed, center the planter on the window sill and mark spots to predrill holes into the flashing; make sure you find a solid area on the outer brick molding (the wood that frames the outside of the window, which is covered by the aluminum flashing)
  • After the holes are drilled and and the planter is ready for mounting, fill it with the plants of your choice, place the brackets over the drilled holes, and drive the screws in

All together, this project cost me about 20 bucks. Because many of the beautiful, already assembled window boxes that I found online were upwards of 75 dollars, I’m thrilled! Although my herbs (lovingly referred to as “herbies”) still have some flourishing to do before they can be harvested, I am so excited to incorporate them into upcoming recipes!