How do you set up a vegetable garden super fast?

From empty space to edible oasis in a few months? Without too much effort? With our garden boxes, no problem.
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From empty back yard to this in 3 months
For years, the garden area next to our office looked pretty sad. Not the best way to show our company to the world.

In 2019, I decided we needed to make a change. I wanted to show that - with the right materials - you really can make a beautiful full-fledged vegetable garden in pretty much no time. And feed 6-8 people for at least 6 months from daily harvests.

Come on, I'll show you:

From nothing to something

In January 2019, our Planty Garden looked like this:
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Not much to see here
I wanted to set up a nice area to photograph our materials, test out new seeds, and - of course - harvest 🙂

So: we started in the first week of February. Everything you saw before? Gone. We flattened the ground, laid down huge sheets of anti-weed cloth, and finished it off with a thick layer of gravel.
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The clean slate: our chosen spot for the Planty Garden
That was the heavy lifting. The rest was easy. By mid-February the weather was beautiful, and I started setting up the first garden boxes.
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Assembling the garden boxes
Back then we used planks made from Douglas Fir. I put together 2 of 120x120 cm - with trellis - and another of 60x120 cm.

We also threw in a nice Kroonkas greenhouse:
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Our new greenhouse next to the garden area

Starting the new growing season

March 1 marked the start of the new season. So we started sowing.

(We even made a silly movie about it, but thats in Dutch. So you get a photo 🙂)
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The first seeds on March 1
The rest of the month we added more garden boxes and a few of our MM-Minis. And I made a bench and table out of old pallets, just for fun.

The first week of April looked like this:
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Snow again!?
Finally, it warmed up a bit. And just 2 weeks later, we harvested our first massive radishes.

I'm not kidding you. Those came from the seeds we planted on March 1.
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Our first radishes and lettuce of the year
From that moment on, we got all our lettuce from the garden. A little lettuce every day. Then more and more.

In April, we added these Planty masterpieces: 2 beautiful MM-Hero garden boxes.
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Our MM-Heroes made from recycled plastic
And this was the garden in the middle of May:
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Mid-May: not bad for a new vegetable garden
In late May, we'd harvested a few patches completely. So we sowed some more:
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At the end of May, some of our patches were already on to the 2nd sowing round
At the beginning of June, the snow peas and sugar snaps came up strong:
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Peas, peas, and more peas
In early July, we expanded our Planty Garden even more. We wanted more room to test new seeds.
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The latest addition 🙂
By the end of it, we had five 120x120 cm garden boxes with trellises, seven 60x120 cm boxes, four 60x90 cm boxes for fruit, and a bunch of MM-Minis. That's excluding the greenhouse, which has 4 garden boxes of 60x120 cm.

And then? We harvested the first cucumbers, beans, and zucchini in mid-July.
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The first snack cucumbers of the year
Robbin also harvested 1.8 kilos of potatoes from just 1 MM-Mini:
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Robbin's mega potato harvest
Then at the end of July, the temperature hit 40°C. That's a record for the Netherlands.

A parasol helped us keep some of the more sensitive plants cool.
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A parasol helped keep the plants from getting too hot
Meanwhile, the tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini couldn't get enough of the sun:
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The summer vegetables soaking it up
In August, we harvested so much we didn't know what to do with it all.

Luckily, the neighbors around town helped us eat everything.
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Free zucchini anyone?
In September and October, the growing continued. Beans, endive, beets, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, you name it.

After a round cleaning up at end of November, we still brought in a haul:
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Baby pumpkin, beets and beans
Even after we'd harvested and cleared out almost all the square patches, there was still plenty in December and January: chard, dino kale, and a ton of winter purslane.

So, you get the idea, right? 🙂 And that's just a snapshot. If I'd shared everything, you'd be scrolling forever. But at least you now know that in a few months you can go from an empty yard to harvesting every day.

You don't have to have as many garden boxes I do - that would be way too much if you're just starting out. Even 1 garden box will give you multiple harvests from each square vegetable patch.

And most importantly: you don't need to know much - or anything - about plants. We have a free gardening app for that. It guides you from seed to harvest.

So: that's it. In the shop you can find all the stuff you need to get started:
Have fun in your Planty Garden!
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