The Old Window Vegetable Garden


This year–2010, I’m building a potager down by by little shed Copper Top Cottage but thought you would like to see what I did for 2008. I call it The Old Window Garden.

I built a planter out of old windows this year(2008). My neighbors loved it and thought of me every time a window was discarded. I was given so many windows that my new gardening shed will be made of them. The garden above was enclosed with old windows and kept out the bunnies and deer. MrD teased me and said the deer would jump the fence….and some of you teased me too…..but the deer never did I’ll have you know. I had more tomatoes than there are stars in the sky.

The harvest above was quite an every other day event. I have tomatoes put up for the next ten years or so. German Johnson’s did the best but I had Early Girls and Better Boys that ran a close second and third.

pw-and-flower-garden-july1808-013Window boxes on a garden fence seems like the right thing to do don’t cha think? It made the vegetables happy and gave them a day off every now and then. My garden tries to please me and is quite successful in doing so.

in-the-kitchen-and-garden-031Do you have a spot of vinca growing in a berry bucket? Or a Tulip magnolia taking root? Let a few of the plants spill over to the outside of the windows too.


I saw as many bees drinking from this bird bath as birds. Forget using the potting bench as it became a lean-to for the mater vines.

night-and-birds-096And do you grow Dichondra there amongst the herbs and flowers?

gazing-ball-and-zinnias-020The gardens have some flowers and the flowers have a garden.



in-the-kitchen-and-garden-017Salad greens!



Want to build one for yourself?



old-windows-008See, you can remove it easily if you need to.

vege-garden-may-14th-08-027Hinges and a good rock to keep the gate secure. The rock keeps the door from opening on to the window box and flowers. The gate is secured with two more hook screws and a wire fashioned with two holes.


16The rain was always welcome.

oct-flower-015And in October when the all but the lettuce was gone….the lantana grew and grew and grew. That is one plant! It is Luscious Citrus Blend Lantana by Proven Winners. It came to me in a little 4″ pot. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Good soil huh? You can read how I grow such massive plants in a short time—from May to October, in my sidebar. It’s under, Why Mushroom Compost Works!, and believe me….it has worked for years and years for me not matter where I have lived.

Will you be doing some gardening in such a fashion?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Jennifer says:

    Love it! What a great idea.


  2. Sandi says:

    Thank you so much!!!!!


  3. Sandi, I’m honored. Please use it and share. Thanks for coming by today.


  4. Sandi says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea for old windows. I was just roaming around the web searching for what I could do and found your site! LOVE IT! Would you mind if I shared this idea and pix on my site? I would credit you and link back to you of course. Thanks so much!!


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