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What is a Planty Garden?

So, a little further on I tell you why it works, how to set it up, and how to maintain it. But on this page, I'll walk you through - in brief - what a Planty Garden is:
A true Planty Garden

A Planty Garden in a nutshell

Planty Gardening is a smart and easy way to grow vegetables. Our system produces huge yields without requiring lots of space.
Voorbeeld en uitleg Makkelijke Moestuin bak
A real Planty Garden
The big difference between a Planty Garden and growing in a more traditional way is you use small garden boxes (120x120 cm usually). These are special vegetable garden containers that are placed on top of the soil, grass, tiles, roof, wherever.

You then fill your garden box with the perfect soil mix (the MM-Mix). This mix has everything plants need: natural, nutrient-rich ingredients that keep it airy and moist.
Courgette in de Makkelijke Moestuin
Climbing zucchini is a big fan of the soil mix
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 mix, year in and year out. Just leave it in your garden box and add some extra nutrients to it once in a while.

No messing with fertilizers or emptying everything out to refill it with new potting soil.

Square vegetable patches

After filling up your garden box, you divide it into sections with a handy grid. These 30x30 cm square sections organize your garden and give you a clear overview.
Every square is home to a different type of vegetable. So you have a radish patch in 1 square and a turnip patch in another. You get a lot of variety at harvest time, and each plant has all the room it needs to grow.

With a garden box like this, all your vegetables are accessible and easy to care for.

Most importantly, it's 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.

Know what the best thing about it is? There's very little thinning involved and weeds are rare. So tending to your plants is a piece of cake.
Plenty of vegetables can grow in a small space

No fancy tools necessary

You don't need any special or expensive tools: a spade, scissors, and a bucket are enough.

And at the end of it all, you'll get a huge yield, too.

Square Foot Gardening

This smart gardening approach is based on Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot 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 garden box with SFG I was 14. It worked so well, I wanted to share it with others.

I reached out to Mel and made my first website about it.

You can learn more about Mel and Square Foot Gardening here.

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 still learned a lot by trial and error.

Success from the start

When I first started, I had no clue about gardening. But kept at it with Mel's system and built on what I learned. That's why Planty exists: to help more people experience success from the start.
Zaailingen van bieten in de Makkelijke Moestuin
First beet seedlings coming up
Now we have a fool-proof system that works for everyone - success guaranteed.

I first started just in the Netherlands with De Makkelijke Moestuin, and now we're branching out to English speakers with Planty Gardening.

The basics I learned from Mel haven't changed that 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 start.

But before I go into all that, you're probably thinking "Wait, so who is this guy?" so maybe I should introduce myself first 😉

Continue reading:

Over de MM

  1. About the Planty Garden
  2. What is a Planty Garden in a nutshell?
  3. Hi, I'm Jelle
  4. What can Planty Gardening do for you?

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