How do you use the Planty Gardening app?
This page includes 2 sections:
- a comprehensive explanation of how to use the app
- specific questions you may have
The app sends you a notification when it's time for the next step and
- helps you check if everything is going well
- gives you step-by-step instructions about what you need to do
- counts down the days until the next step for you
How do you set up the app for your vegetable garden?
It is good to know that the app is 100% customized to work with our Planty Gardening system, materials, and seeds. Not sure if the app is right for you? Then read this page first.
Okay, if you're looking for a comprehensive user's guide, here you go:
Step 2: Create an account
When choosing a user name, use letters and numbers only - so, no symbols, spaces, or emojis.
Trouble logging in or registering?
Then head to the troubleshooting page here.
Step 4: Add your vegetable garden to the app
- Tap the 'Add garden' button at the top of the 'Today' screen.
- Click on 'Your garden' at the bottom of the screen. If you haven't added a box yet, you'll see an empty screen with the same button.
All of our garden boxes are included in the app, as well as some additional size options.
Note: There are garden boxes with and without legs and/or a trellis. Choose the kind you have. That's how you'll get the right advice so you can decide which vegetables to put where.
Give your garden box a name
Be creative - and practical 😉
Is your garden box a different size?
You can solve that by combining garden boxes. For example, add two 90x90 cm boxes to the app if you have a 90x180 cm box at home. Put a 60x120 cm and a 90x120 cm box in the app if you have a 150x120 box at home.
Tip: Give those boxes a clear name so you can remember which garden box is where. For example 'kitchen left' and 'kitchen right'.
Make sure your garden box is placed in the same direction both in your Planty Garden and in the app: the front should face south so it will get the most sunlight. South is always the bottom edge of the app. So, a rectangular garden box may need to be turned around.
Step 5: Getting started 💪
1. Choose a patch
In the tab 'Your garden' select your garden box or grow bag. It includes 1 or more vegetable patches. An empty square patch is gray a plus sign. Click on the plus to start sowing.
2. Select your vegetable
You can find all our seeds in the overview. At the top are the types of plants that are the best match for that square patch at that moment. Patches at the front are best for smaller plants than those at the back of the garden box.
The app knows everything about our Planty Gardening seeds. We offer vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The more plant varieties you have, the more you can sow all year long and the more varied your harvest will be.
Read more about our seeds here
All of the life stages our seeds go through are included in the Planty Gardening app. For other vegetables or plants, you can reserve a space in the garden box, but you won't get any advice about those.
The rest is self-explanatory: the app shows you how to sow, step by step. When you're done, the plus sign disappears and you'll see a seed in the gray square patch. The app keeps track of the number of days until the next step.
Step 6: Respond to the notifications
If you go to your garden box in the app, you'll see an exclamation point in 1 of the patches. Click on it and a question appears: “Already see something coming up?" You check in your garden box to see if you do.
If so, you get to go to the next level, follow the steps for that level, and the count down to the next steps starts.
And what if something goes wrong?
If the weather is nice, the plants will grow faster and you can click on the next level sooner. If the weather is bad - or if it is still early spring or late fall - you'll probably click 'no' more often and the app will add a few extra days to the count down.
These help you remember to water, go on a snail hunt, things like that. They look like this in the app:
Will you find yourself drowning in notifications?
All in all, it takes just 1 season to learn how to grow all our vegetables and herbs. At least, if you decide to sow and grow all 40 of them 😉
You're a pro Planty Gardener in no time
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common ones about the Planty Gardening app. And answers too 😉
- Change the type of garden box:
Just click ‘Change'. For example, you can add a trellis.
- Change the name of your garden box.
- Delete your garden box.
Just click on the red trash sign in the upper right corner.
If so, you'll see a second screen where you can change the orientation of your box. But beware: if you change the position when there are already plants in it, they won't be in the right position anymore and will overshadow their neighbors. Or vice versa.
But in a Planty Garden, you prepare the garden boxes for a new season. That means scooping the soil mix through the entire garden box to make it nice and airy again. Then you add nutritious plant food and top it off with a fresh bat of soil mix if it looks low. By mixing everything up, you're essentially starting from scratch. So it doesn't matter what you grew in which patch last year.
How do you indicate this in the app?
Select the name of the garden box and choose 'New season'. You'll see a pop-up confirmation appear:
Click on the patch you want to add it to. Choose the species and click on 'Choose level' under the 'Sow' button. This takes you to the timeline of the plant and you choose the level of yours. Follow the instructions to make sure you chose the right level if you're not sure.
Now you see the levels of the plant at the left of the screen. At the top is the current level and below that are the levels to come. To the right of ‘Upcoming' is the button ‘See all'.
If you click on it you will see the entire timeline - see the middle screen. Select the desired level for your plant.
This will take you to the right screen. If necessary, follow the instructions to make sure you chose the right level.