Check out these top tips from Haskins Garden Centre on how to make the most of your outdoor space by using window boxes
Step 1 - Choose your planter
Planters come in a variety of colours shapes and sizes, some even have adjustable fixings that will fit over a fence or balcony. Choose one that suits your outdoors area.
Step 2 - Fill a third with potting compost
Add enough compost to allow your plants to stand at the right height above the top of the planter.
Step 3 - Select plants you like to eat and are suitable for the aspect where the planter will be placed
Stick to an odd number of species as this creates a balanced look. Plants can be grouped together to be visually appealing as well as a tasty selection. Good plants for container growing include red veined sorrel, pak choi and rocket.
Step 4 - Create interest by adding some trailing plants
Tumbling tomatoes will soften the edges of the planter by trailing and allow more space for the upright plants to spread.
Step 5 - Co-ordinate colours to create a visual appeal
Keep watered in dry spells and harvest salad regularly to keep leaves small and sweet.
Information courtesy of Haskins, for more information please visit www.haskins.co.uk.