Growing in Your Planty Garden

The Planty Way: Part II

On the last page, I showed you that a Planty Garden starts with the garden bed. You find a place in the sun, add the weed mat, and fill the raised bed with tasty soil to start.

Once that's done, your checklist looks like this:

  • Sun βœ…

  • Water βœ…

  • Nutrients βœ…

  • Air βœ…

  • Room to Grow

Not this:

  • Lots of digging ❌

  • Endless weeding ❌

  • Figuring out what kind of fertilizer each plant needs ❌

  • A sow/harvest schedule

  • Producing too many crops all at once

  • Pesticides or insecticides

  • Arsenal of gardening gear

  • All your free time

To get the most out of your garden, the trick is to fill your raised bed with a variety of vegetables in a handy way.

The Grid & Trellis

Your new best friends. To make the most of every little bit of space in your raised bed, you'll first divide it into 30 x 30 cm sections. The easiest way is to lay a simple grid loosely on top of the soil.

If you want to grow climbing vegetables, place a trellis at the back (or north side) of the raised bed.

Dividing up the planter into a gridded plot

Now your Planty Garden is ready to grow!

And we've got just the seeds for it.

Over the years, we've picked about a bunch of plant varieties that are perfect for this system. They are delicious and grow fast.

Think of each section as its own little garden

Each 30 x 30 cm plot is home to one type of plant. The plant's size will determine how many you'll grow in each square:

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Climbing plants like our climbing zucchini or tomatoes belong in the back of the raised bed, so they'll grow up along the trellis. Same goes for snow peas, pole beans, cucumbers and pumpkins:

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This was you use every square inch to the max while giving each plant exactly the amount of space it needs.

ROOM TO GROW: βœ…

When you're ready to plant your vegetables, you can check out the position of the empty plot decide what will grow there best at that moment. I'll come back to this in a bit: I've got a super-smart app and a sowing calendar made just for this.

A SOW/HARVEST SCHEDULE:❌

My favorite thing about this system is that when you put different vegetable varieties next to each other, they resist disease and fend off pests in their own natural way. So you don't need polluting, gross, expensive pesticides. The plants do it themselves.

PESTICIDES OR INSECTICIDES:❌

To recap: when you fill your raised bed section by section, you maximize every bit of that beautiful soil.

By sowing different kinds of plants, you'll enjoy a variety of delicious vegetables throughout the season.

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And with a raised bed next to your home, you can do some quick picking while cooking a meal.

Instead of harvesting a whole plant at once, you can pick what you want for each meal and leave the rest. The plant will keep on growing.

Since this system gives your plants everything they need, maintaining a Planty Garden is super simple.

PRODUCING TOO MANY CROPS ALL AT ONCE: ❌

You water, you sow a patch, you plant a seedling... and once in a while you toss out a stray weed or help your zucchini climb up the trellis.

But really, you'll find that this is the fun stuff. And it only takes a few minutes a day.

ALL YOUR FREE TIME: ❌

And what about that arsenal of gardening gear and tools you need to get it done?

Well, brace yourself:

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A bucket, trowel, scissors, and a little plastic container for watering. Not so bad, right?

ARSENAL OF GARDENING GEAR: ❌

Tadaaa. That's its!

Your plants get all of this:

  • Sun βœ…

  • Water βœ…

  • Nutrients βœ…

  • Air βœ…

  • Room to Grow βœ…

Not this:

  • Lots of digging ❌

  • Endless weeding ❌

  • Figuring out what kind of fertilizer each plant needs ❌

  • A sow/harvest schedule ❌

  • Producing too many crops all at once ❌

  • Pesticides or insecticides❌

  • Arsenal of gardening gear❌

  • All your free time ❌

This list shows why Planty works so well. You give your plants everything they need: sunlight, water, nutrients, air, and room to grow. No big deal. Just a little TLC.

Just the beginning

These are the basics that make a Planty Garden. If you do this well from the start, the rest is a piece of cake. (Carrot cake, mmmm.)

Really, it just gets easier. Once your raised bed is all set, we've got a super smart system so you know exactly where and when to plant what.