Bring on the summer garden

Just a few more days till it's officially summer. Today I'll cover how a simple Planty Garden can become a difficult Planty Garden, watering, snails, and what to do when you go on vacation.

Harvest time
We're nearly there. Just a few more days until summer. What's the weather going to be like? Warm and dry like last week, or wet and cold like spring?

Or something in between, you never know πŸ™‚ 

Sun, heat, and a little rain

At least for now the weather should stay warm and dry. That means watering. 

Your plants need extra water. If you don't water regularly, your sown seeds won't sprout, and your seedlings won't grow much.
Give your smaller plants extra water regularly
But because the MM-mix retains moisture so well, you only need to water where your plants need it: right at the roots.

A Planty Garden needs 80% less water than a regular vegetable garden. 
Read all about watering in a Planty Garden. 

Can you mess up a Planty Garden?

I could answer that, but it's better to turn the question around. Because if you grow a real Planty Garden, you can't mess it up.

I've put together 10 things that make the difference between success and failure. On top of that, you'll see how I started out - and what I've learned since.

What is a real Planty Garden - and what isn't? 
My first website back when I was 14

Snail alert 🐌🐌🐌

Yup, it's that time again. They're everywhere: big snails, small snails, black, brown, and gray snails. Slugs too.
They all have one thing in common: they're hungry. And their favorite meals are in your garden boxes.

Fortunately, there's a lot you can do about it. For example, you can easily move your MM-minis out of reach. Slugs and snails have a harder time climbing up a table or pallet.

The MM-airbak also fits perfectly on a little table:
Fewer snails can climb up the table
You can find articles about snail and slug prevention in the Planty Library. They're full of tips, home remedies that help (or don't), brilliant inventions, and countless photos of my experiments. Really: I've tried just about everything πŸ˜‰ 

Start on this page.

Unfortunately, our slug fence is already sold out. It's too bad, because it's pretty much the only thing that really keeps slugs and snails out of your garden boxes.

The only issue was putting it together: assembly was a bit of a challenge. So we went back to the drawing board. We're working on a new version but it's taking more time than we expected. 

So, I'm making do with all the other tips and tricks too, for now 😐

Going on vacation?

Looking forward to some days off? Me too. Although I don't know if I'll be able to get away this year.

But when you do go, what do you do with your garden boxes?

Tips for your garden before you go on vacation.
How can you leave a full garden box behind?

So, that's it for today

No, I'm not going to talk about all our sold-out garden boxes, I'm just as bummed about it as you are. If all goes well, some MM-minis should be back in stock this week. Fingers crossed. 

So, enjoy the beautiful weather and keep on harvesting. Be ruthless about clearing out old plants and make room for something new. 

Normally, now's the time I'd replace my snow peas with climbing zucchinis or cucumbers. But it stayed cold for so long this year that my peas are still producing pods. 

Now they're just waiting patiently for me to pick them:
Still need to harvest my snow peas
Just one last word about snow peas, sugar snaps, and winter peas: you can still sow them. You're just in time for another round. Sure, maybe you're drowning in legumes now, but your plants will be done producing in a couple of weeks. Sow again and you'll have a fresh crop 6 weeks from now πŸ˜€

In the next newsletter, I'll talk about critters: the ones we love and the ones we don't. And about how to keep your summer vegetables in top shape.

More soon!

PS: Excited?

Share your Planty adventures on Facebook or Instagram and add the hashtag #plantygarden. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got πŸ™‚

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