Today Catie and I made window boxes for our apartment. We have a concrete sill outside that is the perfect size but we had no way to mount a box there and did not want it to fall on the head of a passerby if a wind came up.
Our solution: we drilled holes in the box near the edges and ran a chain through. On the inside, the hole is halfway up the box so that it’s at window level, and on the front the chain emerges at the top (under the lip) and runs to the other side. The ends of the chain are nailed into the underside of the wooden sill.
An older man at Home Depot named Siegfried cut the chain for us and explained each step as he did it. He folded the chain up and wrapped a piece of blue painter’s tape around it and said, “you’re getting the blue ribbon treatment.” He was wearing American flag suspenders.
We planted basil, cilantro, chives, rosemary, tarragon, and parsley. For the two boxes, soil, chain, plants, and a watering can, the cost was about $60. We are excessively proud of ourselves and the cats won’t leave the windows.