Perfect garden and perfect plants?
This is what a Planty Garden can look like after a month - if the weather cooperates a little:
"No, I've had enough. Why does it all work out for you and not for me?"
"You always have such beautiful pictures. Mine look nothing like that."
Let me see?
She grabs her phone and shows me her garden box: it's jam-packed with beautiful plants. And sure, some leaves have a few spots and one plant is a little chewed up.
"You see? How is this possible? What am I doing wrong?"
Okay, let's take a closer look.
This is my Planty Garden now. I sowed and planted the boxes on June 1:
"Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying: your garden looks great. But I can't do that."
Hang on a second. Let's zoom in:
Just look at my beautiful tomato plant. See that weird leaf at the bottom?
And look at my radishes. This one doesn't look so good:
It's impossible for everything to always work out in a vegetable garden. Not even in ours.
But doesn't that bum you out?
But bugs here and there aren't bad. They won't make you sick. A leaf with a hole in it is just as tasty as one without. They taste better than store-bought too.
"Yeah, you're right. If I look at it that way, it's not so bad. Thanks, Jelle - I'm looking forward to getting back in the garden again."
Back to the big picture
I wanted to change that. And I guess I have: we've had a lot of success with the Planty way of doing things. The combination of our method, materials, seeds, and the help of the app gives you a great result 95% of the time.
That success rate is a lot higher than what you get from a regular vegetable garden. For and for beginners, it's unimaginable.
95% success - 5% failure
If a seed doesn't sprout, if a plant doesn't survive the transition from indoors to outdoors, if something eats the leaves: it's all part of the game. That's nature. You don't have to worry because the remaining 95% will produce more than enough.
Just check out my strawberry plants. I harvest from them every day and they look great.
Except for the little one on the far left: the strawberries are small and not nearly as tasty.
Because let's face it, we hardly come into contact with nature these days. This is just a part of it.
Perfect supermarket vegetables
We're used to perfect products. Anything that doesn't fit that standard can seem dirty, scary, or unacceptable.
Pretty much every beginner experiences this. But nine out of ten times there's nothing really wrong.
It's not as bad as you think
Just look at my mom's broad beans:
Ants love it. So they encourage aphids to produce more honeydew. That's called milking. Like farmers do with cows, kind of. Isn't that nuts?
What do you do if something goes wrong?
If you come across snails or other insects, check out the tips in the Planty Library.
There are things you can do - although snails and rainy weather are going to be a challenge.
Withered or discolored leaves?
Other than that, just keep a close eye on your plants, water regularly, and follow the advice in the app.
It comes down to this:
Don't worry about the few things that go wrong. Before you know it, you'll be laughing about it and see it as just another part of the garden experience.
One last tip: harvest on time.
And the less that can go wrong 😉
That's all for now. Enjoy!