Spring is here and it’s time (or almost time) to get some plants in the ground. The problem is, when you first plant your seeds or seedlings, you may not be able to tell them all apart! You’ll need to make yourself some plant markers so you know what’s what. You could make extravagant ones that would last you forever, but those usually take a lot of time and effort (and money). These DIY ones are easy and best of all cheap!
Heather from The Homesteading Hippy uses pinwheels to mark her rows. They are made to be in the wind a lot, they deter critters due to the motion, and you can write on them with a permanent marker. I have to say that this one has got to be the most creative and unique one I have seen yet! The only problem with this one is you have to stop it from turning to find out what row you’re in. Get the full scoop on this one from Heather herself here.
Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me likes to paint up some rocks to resemble the veggies they mark. Some non-toxic acrylic paint, some rubber letter stamps, and a little artistic style, and you can have your own set! Find out all the steps on Sarah’s plant markers on her site.
Arianne from Still Parenting is using actual stakes in her garden. She takes a lid from a tube of frozen juice and Mod Podges on pictures of the vegetables from seed catalogs. A pretty neat idea! If you order your seeds, you could actually use the picture from the catalog from which you ordered! Find out more from Arianne.
Angela from Untrained Housewife has decided to use old lids that cannot be reused for canning. With a little paint, some bamboo skewers, super glue, spray lacquer and the pictures from the seed packets themselves, she makes some really creative plant markers! Get the full instructions here.
Kathie from Homespun Seasonal Living also uses canning lids to make her markers, but a little different from Angela. She uses an awl to poke holes in the lids, adds some twine, and ties them to stakes, tomato cages, trellises or posts near the plants themselves. These could be changed up a little by tying the ends of the twine together and tacking it to the post, leaving the string hanging so the lid flops around in the wind. This way, much like Heather’s pinwheels, the motion may deter random critters from munching on your crops. Find out more from Kathie on her site.
All of those methods are simple, cheap, and fun to do with your kids. If you’re just not into garden markers, you could always do what I do and make yourself a chart. I actually use [easyazon_link asin=”B002N6EB7M” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”survivalathome-20″]graph paper[/easyazon_link] (affiliate link) when I have some (or regular notebook paper when I don’t) to draw a diagram of the bed(s) and what’s in them. It’s also a great way to keep track of what was planted where from year to year so you can rotate your crops. (You do rotate your crops, don’t you?)