Tadaa! Our new garden box 🎉
Why did we make these garden boxes?
And we succeeded. The MM-Bamboos are:
- ridiculously beautiful and stay that way
- super durable
- way better for the environment than wood
They're 100% in line with our Planty Gardening standards, because we only want to sell things that are good for the planet. And for you of course.
But, keep in mind: we only have a few in stock
Just kidding. Well, kind of. The material is expensive.
That's because the companies that make it meet all our requirements in terms of durability, working conditions, and environmental impact.
And, you can only harvest bamboo at a certain time of year, which has something to do with the rainy season. When we ordered it, it just wasn't the season for it and we had to make do with the stock that was available at the time.
But bamboo is light and cheap, right?
That stuff is light and cheap, and usually made from melamine plastic with bamboo fibers tossed in.
So, it's pretty much just plastic and far from sustainable. Plus, it releases formaldehyde when heated, which in large quantities is harmful to your health. It's been in the news a lot lately.
What about our bamboo?
This bamboo species grows ridiculously fast - sometimes up to 1 meter a day in the spring. They grow super tall and have thick stems, which become woody after a few years.
The stem can be harvested after about 5 years, which is 10x faster than trees.
Several stems grow from a single root system. Cutting down 25% of the stems each year keeps the plants healthy and produces more bamboo. Good forest management means lots of new growth.
Read about it in detail in the Planty library.
Are the MM-Bamboos better than MM-Heroes?
The MM-Hero planks are made of recycled plastic, which saves the world a lot of waste. Bamboo is good because of the nitrogen it absorbs as it grows. It also helps stop deforestation as a better alternative to wood.
The MM-Hero planks really will last forever. The MM-Bamboo for at least 20 years.
The Hero is gray and the MM bamboo has a warm wood color - even nicer to look at.
It's just a matter of what you like better. And, since we use the same legs and bottom for the garden tables, everything fits together beautifully. They look great together too:
Jeez, Jelle - those garden boxes are pretty expensive 😐
If you're just starting out with a Planty Garden, I'd take it slow if I were you. You can try making your own vegetable garden box from leftover wood.
When I started at 14, I made my first boxes from the boards left behind after our house was built:
So that's it for today