Gardening when you’re distracted or in a hurry is a problem. You wonder if you planted rutabagas in two rows or three. You can’t tell if the newly emerging Brassica plants are cauliflower or broccoli. And unless you taste them, it’s not easy to tell if you’re pulling weeds or tender garlic shoots. That’s why I rely on plant markers instead of my memory.
I’ve tried all sorts of markers. I like the rustic look of writing plant names on ribbons and tying them to twigs stuck in the ground, but my dogs are pretty sure those twigs need to be in their mouths. Plant names written on wooden popsicle sticks also work, but the sticks are small and hard to see after a few weeks.
So I use iced tea spoons to make garden markers. They’re durable, easily visible, and can be saved for reuse. Your kids can do the artwork.
[For directions to make Laura Grace Weldon’s useful garden markers, visit GeekMom!]