Even if you only have the tiniest of outside spaces a balcony, terrace, window ledge or the front entrance to your home, window boxes and containers can open up the world of gardening to you, any space is enough to create the perfect kitchen garden. Plant up hardy herbs together, they will last all year round and will help inspire your winter cooking. Those non hardy herbs that prefer a warm sunny clime, will thrive throughout the summer and lend themselves nicely to the quick and easy oriental style and mediterranean cooking (much needed when life is too short and the days are too long to be spending too much of it inside).
Winter window box for the kitchen (think winter casseroles and slow roasts)
Bay, Rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano
These hardy herbs will last all year round – don’t forget to keep them watered during dry winters!
Spring to Autumn Window box for the kitchen – Semi hardy herbs (feeling like a lighter meal, think potato salad, fatoush, pasta or fish with creamy, herby sauces)
chives, parsley, tarragon, mint
(will die off in a frosty winter if kept outside but will grow back again the following spring)
Summer window box for the kitchen (think mediterranean, marinades, salads and quick and easy chinese and thai inspired stirfries)
lemongrass, basil, dill, corriander, chillies, spring onion and garlic
Enjoy the fruits of your labour
Have a look at this great site selling unique trough containers – They not only look picture pretty but are great for a small outdoor space to grow your all your kitchen requirements
If you have only the tiniest of window ledge, providing it is a sunny spot, why not grow lavender in a window box. When you open your window the summer flowers will make you feel like you are in your own little garden, bringing the outside in. Lavender also has many culinary uses, infuse in your tea, make lavender cupcakes, lavender sugar and lavender vinaigrette. Use the dried flowers to make lavender pot- pourri to use around your home or put in little muslin bags to freshen up your wardrobe or mix with some sea salt and olive oil to make a luxurious foot scrub. Trim the lavender plants back by about a third each year after the flowers have faded and they will bloom for many. Lavender is quite tolerant to dry conditions and loves to be in the sun. You will know it is summer when your lavender is in bloom, touch it, smell it, you will definately love it!
Here is a great link I found to explore the many more uses of lavender http://frugalgranola.com/2012/02/culinary-uses-for-lavender/