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Sowing in the Planty Garden

In a Planty Garden, you don’t sow in rows but in square vegetable patches. So, everything grows in exactly the right place with enough distance from other plants.

One of our standard garden boxes has room for 16 square patches. It’s only 120x120 cm, but you get a huge harvest out of it.

That is: if you fill each patch the right way and keep them filled throughout the season.

Here, I'll break it down for you.
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Sowing: what, when and where?

Sometimes I get emails from people panicked by the thought of sowing.

"How do I know exactly when to sow something?”
"What should I do when something actually grows?”
"What if nothing grows?”
"How long will it take me to know everything by heart?"
“What if it doesn't work and I screw it up????”

Take a deep breath. It will all work out.

With a Planty Garden, you don't have to know everything about plants to start.

In fact: you don't need to know anything at all. Because when you work with the app it tells you exactly what to do and when to do it.
But if you want to know more about how it works, keep on reading.

Because when you prepare everything right from the start - with one of our garden boxes and the MM-Mix - all you have to do is add your seeds.

If you do that in the right way, at the right time, and in the right place, your vegetables will pretty much grow on their own.


Sowing is super easy: just poke a hole in the soil mix, toss in some seeds, cover up the hole, and water it. I'll tell you more about that later.

What makes all the difference is the moment before you start sowing: determining which vegetables to put where, at what time of year, and how much space to give them.

Also, sowing in a Planty Garden is a bit different than in a regular vegetable garden.

Our sowing system

In a Planty Garden, you make sure your plants grow in the right place and at the right distance from each other from the start.
Square patches with different vegetables: each one has just the right amount of space
Not only that: you take into account the time of year, the plant family, and whether you sow the vegetables directly into your garden box, pre-sow them indoors, or skip sowing and buy seedlings to transplant.

So, before you sow (or plant) in an empty square patch, you need to know a few things:
  • How tall will the plant grow?
  • Is now the right time?
  • What plant family does it belong to?
  • How many will fit in 1 square patch?
  • Should I sow, plant, or pre-sow?
If you use the Planty Gardening app, you have all the answers at your fingertips. But you can also find a lot of info on the back of our seed bags.

So, you don't need to learn everything by heart. But it is important that you understand why sticking to this way of sowing is necessary.

I go through it step-by-step on this page, so you can see why it works so well:

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