Growing Instructions

Below are the vegetable and herb ranges we offer. Each one has been tailored to suit a different culinary direction. In each of the options, we suggest planting the vegetables on top of Planty for better root depth while planting the herbs in the corners and at the lower levels as they do not require as much soil depth. With every Planty we include a starter pack of plant food to give you a greater chance for a successful growing season.

Marinara Seed Mix

Planting: Tomatoes may be started indoors or outdoors as long as you have a warm and protected location. Ideally the seeds should receive between 6 – 8+ hours of sunlight. Water the tomatoes when the soil feels dry to the touch. No fertilizer is needed until two inches of growth can be seen. We advise growing tomatoes on top of your Planty to maximize space for the roots to grow.

Watering: Water at least 1 inch per week. Always water the base of the plant and not the leaves.

Fertilizer: Add fertilizer once 2 inches of growth show. Fertilize again when first tomatoes begin to appear and then again when the first tomato is picked.

Days to Maturity: Tomatoes are ripe when they have reached the right color – red for red tomatoes, yellow for yellow tomatoes and so on – and are slightly soft when squeezed. This is usually 65 to 80 days after planting.

Planting: Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep and 12 inches apart. Seeds can be started indoors to get a head start on growing the herb. Plant indoors six weeks before the last frost date and place in a sunny windowsill. Plant in moist soil that is well-drained. If planting in a container, use a larger pot to prevent plants from drying out in the summer heat. Upon planting, add plant food. Feed with liquid plant food every few weeks to encourage growth. We advise using the upper to mid-high corners of your Planty to grow your basil. 

Watering: Water basil frequently during dry periods.

Fertilizer: Upon planting, add plant food. Feed with plant food every few weeks to encourage growth.

Days to Maturity: Basil leaves can begin to be harvested once the plant is 6 to 8 inches tall, typically 60 to 90 days after planting the seeds.

Planting: If planting from seed, plant the seed ¼ inch deep and water well. Chives can be grown outdoors or indoors near a window. If planting inside, keep the pot in a dark area until the seeds sprout, and then move to a windowsill. If planting seeds directly outside, wait until all dangers of frost have passed.Chives are very winter hardy and tolerant of frosts and freezes, even in the shade. While chives are one of the top herbs that grow in shade, they will not flower as heavily as they do in full sun. We advise using the corners of your Planty for chives. 

Watering: Water chives consistently.

Fertilizer: Prior to planting the chives, pour water mixed with fertilizer over the proposed growing area. If you frequently harvest the chives, fertilize every other week with plant food or fish emulsion. We advise using the corners to grow herbs keeping the top for the vegetable.

Days to Maturity: Chives are ready to harvest as soon as the leaves are long enough to clip and use in the kitchen. Chives are ready to harvest typically 60 days after planting the seeds.

Planting: Thyme grows very slowly from seed and after planting, germination can take up to 28 days. If planting from seed, begin thyme indoors of a warm well protected outdoor space. Scatter the seeds on top of the soil and do not cover them or only cover them lightly. We advise using the corners of your Planty for thyme.

Watering: Thyme doesn’t require much care. Allow soil to completely dry in between watering.

Fertilizer: Upon planting, add plant food to the soil. Add the fertilizer again each spring. Other fertilization options include fertilizing thyme with fish emulsion or liquid seaweed every two weeks but dilute the fertilizer by half.

Days to Maturity: Harvest thyme before its flowers open which should be after 85 days. Harvest by cutting the plant 2 inches from the ground. After the first cut is made, more growth will begin to develop but do not harvest this second-growth as the new growth increases the plant’s hardiness over the winter months.

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We have also included plant food in the Planty Box. Once the plant shoots have grown about 2 inches we suggest mixing the plant food with 1 gallon of water and pouring through the soil. This will add the required nutrients the soil needs to bring the plants to full growth.