What is a Planty Garden?
In a nutshell?
Planty is a smart and easy way to grow your own vegetables. Lots of delicious plants. And you don't need a lot of space:
The big difference between a Planty Garden and growing in a more traditional way is you use small planters (120 x 120cm usually). These raised garden planters are placed on top of the ground, grass, tiles, roof, wherever.
You then fill your planter with special soil (the MM-Mix). This soil has everything plants need. It's got natural, nutrient-rich ingredients and it stays loose and moist.
Everything grows in this soil mix: all your veggies and herbs and flowers. They love it.
And not only that, but it's also super sustainable.
You can use the same soil, year in and year out. Just leave the mix in your planter and add to it once in a while. No messing with fertilizers or refilling an empty planter with fresh dirt.
Grids: Your new best friends
After filling up your planter, you divide it up with a handy grid. These 30x30cm little square plots give you structure and a clear overview.
Every square is home to a different type of vegetable. You get a lot of variety at harvest time, and each plant has all the room it needs to grow.
This is a super-efficient way to grow. You don't waste any seeds when you're sowing. You only water your plants when they need it. There's very little thinning involved, and weeds are rare. So tending to your plants is a piece of cake.
Square Foot Gardening
This smart gardening approach is based on Mel Bartholomew's Square Food Gardening technique. It started in the US, and has been picked up by gardeners all over the world. SFG has proven to be really effective. It's a great place to start.
When I built my first raised garden planter with SFG I was 14. It worked so well, I wanted to share it with others. I reached out to Mel and made a website about it.
You can learn more about Mel and Square Foot Gardening here.
But as a beginner, I made a lot of mistakes. Even after I took a course with Mel and got certified as an SFG-coach.
I learned a lot by trial & error.
Success from the start
I created Planty Gardening so more people could have success from the start. I wanted to share what I learned, so you skip all the trial & error I went through.
A foolproof way to grow vegetables that everyone can use.
I first started just in the Netherlands with De Makkelijke Moestuin, and now we're going international with Planty. (Same fool-proof system, two different languages.)
The basics I learned from Mel haven't changed much. Planty builds on them, with clear step-by-step instructions, the best seeds, sustainable materials, and a super handy app.
So you know exactly what to do from the get-go.
If you're like, wait, what? Who is this guy? Let me introduce myself...