A garden window is an excellent option if you’re looking to add or replace a sunny window in your home.
With a window garden, you can have fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables all year round, and you don’t even have to go outside to pick them. In essence, a garden window is a terrarium that is installed on an exterior wall of your home, so it creates a little extra space indoors. It’s designed to hold the weight of small potted plants or hydroponic trays, so you can plant all your favorites. It’s also an ideal spot to start your seedlings, so they’re ready for outdoor planting as soon as the snow melts.
Pick a Good Spot
Most folks like to place garden windows in the kitchen, because it’s most convenient for cooking. If your kitchen wall is not in direct sunlight all day during the summer, and gets good exposure during the winter, you’re in luck! If your kitchen isn’t the best place for plants to flourish in your window garden, it can be a beautiful addition to another room with more suitable growing conditions.
Safe, Organic Growing
Whether you’re growing in pots with soil or in hydroponic trays, your crops will be protected from most pests just by virtue of being indoors, so you won’t even need to use organic pest control. You’re in total control over what goes into your family’s produce.
What’s on The Menu?
There is a wide variety of food plants and herbs that will thrive in a garden window, and even more that will appreciate spending the freezing winter indoors. The type of planting and growing you do determines which kinds of plants you can grown in your garden window, but here are a few examples:
- Culinary Herbs and Medicinals – If you love to cook, you know what a joy it is to have the herbs you use most, always fresh and ready at hand. There are also quite a few medicinal herbs and plants, such as peppermint, German chamomile, rosemary, thyme, and aloe vera plants, which all grow very well indoors.
- Strawberries – Indoor-grown strawberries are a rare treat, because they are almost always perfect; You don’t have to fend off the squirrels, birds, and insects for those perfect, juicy fruit! As an added bonus, you won’t have to replace the plants after they freeze to death every winter.
- Peppers – Many varieties of small peppers grow successfully indoors, and if you’ve never grown your own peppers before, you will be amazed at the difference. Commercially-grown peppers are polished to give them an appealing appearance, but who wants to eat some unknown pepper-polishing product? Savor the full flavor and aroma of your own fresh-grown peppers.
Give Your Home the Gourmet Touch
Rocky Mountain Windows and Doors can help you identify the perfect spot for your garden window, and help you choose the one that you will love for decades to come. If you’re considering a window replacement project, a garden window will add a gourmet touch to your home and make cooking (and eating!) a joyful experience.