|Project by ayryq||posted 06-24-2015 07:50 PM||982 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This is a large window box I installed outside our kitchen window. It serves to hold herbs all spring and summer, maybe some mums in the fall, and collects snow in the winter.
It’s actually (basically) freestanding, on two posts (dodging a basement window and the air conditioner lines). There’s a couple of light shelf brackets to space it away from the brick but these don’t hold it “up,” just “level.” The posts are treated lumber, but the rest is white oak finished with spar varnish.
The frame is my first project involving mortise-and-tenon joinery, with beveled tenons meeting each other inside each post. The sides are all loose boards, ship-lapped. I cut a ton of those boards in random widths and then puzzled them together until I filled up all the sides just right. The bottom is open with a small lip on front and back; I lay a board across under each pot so drainage is no problem. I did figure though that I built it strong enough to actually fill the whole thing with soil. This isn’t so practical though; having individual pots for each herb works very well.
I actually finished this last summer. This summer I’ve got cilantro, thyme, oregano, parsley, and some salad greens all within arms reach of my kitchen (basil and rosemary are in a pot just outside the door on the patio, since they help discourage mosquitoes). Also this summer I added the box to my drip irrigation system—last year I watered with a can through the window.
Wow, that last picture shows more of my workshop than I’d like.