What do you sow in a Planty Garden?
But variation and taste are important too. Because why would you put your energy into something boring or something you don't like.
My favorite restaurant
It was my favorite place to eat because they only ever served five things. Just five. It was simple, no fuss, locally produced, and unbelievably tasty food. Groningen at its best 😋
It's the same with a vegetable garden.
We usually enjoy the vegetables our grandparents grew more than those fancy varieties you find at specialized seed companies.
Why? Isn't it fun to grow super special vegetables?
Experienced gardeners know that and grow the same thing year after year. They experiment, but not that much.
Beginners do it the other way around.
Jelle, did you do it the right way from the start?
I'd just started my first Planty Garden, but then my mom went out and bought a bunch of unusual seeds.
Tubers from the Andes, gooseberry cucumbers, purple radishes, saucer-shaped zucchini: in no time she had a shoebox full of funky seeds.
"Um, Mom, where do you want to put all that?"
"No problem, Jelle. I'll build a raised bed over there."
"Or two. Or three."
Before I knew it, there were 5 huge garden boxes filled with my mom's varieties. The weirder the better. She left me to my lettuce and radishes.
My mom on the other hand kept on sowing, repotting, and transplanting. The purple beans were beautiful, but when we cooked them, they turned just as green as mine. The red kale overshadowed the neighboring plants so they didn't grow as well. We hardly saw any Japanese bak choi, asparagus, or broccoli. The snails and caterpillars got them.
But fair is fair: there were some real keepers among them. So we're still sowing those.
Are they also in your seed collection?
And if you're sowing radishes anyway, why not sow the biggest and tastiest ones?
So, most of these classic vegetables have some fun quirks. They're also guaranteed to be successful in a Planty Garden.
What about those extra-special seeds in the shop?
Okay, but what about broccoli or cauliflower, hm?
That is if you have something to harvest. The plants are magnets for snails and caterpillars. On top of that, they grow too big to stay in their own square patch.
That's not what a Planty Garden is about. We're in it for:
- fast, compact growth
- easy cultivation
- high yield per square patch
- continual harvesting
Since you sow lots of different vegetables in one garden box, you have a lot to choose from. This is how you optimize the space you have.
We picked the best varieties for you and put them in our seed packets:
A last tip from Mom
"I understand the temptation to try other vegetables all too well. I still give in sometimes and plant something I think will be exciting.
"But after 10 or so years of experience and lots of unsuccessful attempts, here's my sincere advice: leave the unusual or difficult vegetables to the professionals, especially if you are just starting out. You'll have a much better chance of a good harvest."
Mom: I agree with you 100% this time 😄