What veg to plant

Below are mini-guides as to what veg. to grow in your windowbox and how to grow it, with recommended cultivars that are known for their ease of growing, good flavour, size or hardiness. Simply click on the icon with the starting letter of your vegetable for details..






Similar in appearance to Lettuce, but having a more bitter taste. Leaves form a rosette that can be curled or broad leaved. Endive can be forced in the same way as chicory to reduce the bitterness and produce succulent white leaves and shoots. Prefers a sunny, fertile and moisture-retentive soil to do well.
Sow seed: 1cm deep, 23cm apart from mid spring (indoor) to late summer (outdoors)
Varieties: Jeti, Pancalieri (Curled), Grobo (Broad-leaved


Flowering Greens

These oriental brassicas are also know as Chinese Flowering Cabbage or Choy Sum and can be lightly cooked like Broccoli. They have a tender red or green stalk bearing unopened flowers that have a peppery taste. Needs a deep, fertile, moisture-retentive soil in sun to do well.
Sow seed: 2cm deep in pots at 20oC-25oC, 15cm apart from mid spring to late summer
Varieties: Hon Tsai Tai, Tsai Hsin

flowering greens

French Bean

French beans come in green, red, purple and flecked coloured varieties. The beans and pods can be eaten either green or the beans dried and stored for winter. Most French bean plants are dwarfing and are grown as low bushy annuals. They prefer a light, fertile soil.
Sow seed: 5cm deep, 5-10cm apart from mid-spring (indoors) to mid-summer (outdoors)
Varieties: Cropper Teepee, Masai, The Prince

french bean

Fennel (Florence)

Florence Fennel is a bulbous, dwarf form of the common fennel cultivated in many herb gardens. As a herb, fennel reaches some five to six feet with feathery green or bronze foliage while Florence fennel grows only to two or three, so gives a good airy height to windowboxes. Use the bulb in cooking.
Sow seed: 3cm deep in pots in early spring. Transplant in early summer
Varieties: Zeta Fino, Perfection