If you are my kind of gardener you start the spring season with sow many good intentions.
And then after a little while it all falls apart, so what’s a gardener to do?
One of the things that holds me back, other than time, and disorganization is tagging each pot. I find it tedious, and oh so boring. I may start out with good intentions to tag each plant but end up distracted and tired of doing it the proper way so just leave them to find their own ways, and end up guessing which seed is which.
That means that there are potentially many mixups, the sweet peas towering over the lettuce patch, the squash growing among the cucumbers. Not a good gardening habit to have.
I was sitting staring at piles of seed packets desperately waving at me, peat pots, starter mix, flats, and no more excuses. Then I remembered my gardening fiasco last year. Confident that I could remember what each pot contained, you can stop laughing now…..
I’d not bothered to label anything.
[Yes, I am a bad gardener, and I should have know better.]
Which worked great until tiny pots of seedlings got moved around. Especially my prized heirloom sweet peas, vibrant blue, and coral pink. When it came time to give away a few pots to a friend for her garden, I mistakenly gave all of my precious blue ones to her.
Every time I looked out onto my patio and saw only coral pink, and not the stunning blue I had envisioned, I kicked myself. Garden lesson learned right?
My friend had a remarkable showing of glorious blue heirloom sweet peas, that gambled up her antique trellis. Leaving everyone to comment on their beauty.
Garden jealousy anyone?
I saw coral pink sweet peas all season, and my heart had the blues. My gardening advice to myself, Live and learn.
So this year, I had resolved to do a better job of identifying my seedlings. Poor babies, they deserved a better life, with a better gardener. But they got stuck with me.
This new gardening resolve didn’t involve wanting to expend too much effort, so I looked around for something to mark the pots with. And found my scrap paper from card making.
Perfect size, perfect colors, and so easy to use.
I cut strips of the same color for each variety and tagged one pot with a name, and date. Placed them into each pot of dry starter mix, added the seeds and watered.
Even a month later, they’re still holding up well, slightly stained, but so easy to know which seed is going to grow into which plant.
You might have started all of your seeds for this year, but imagine just how easy it’s going to be to tag them next year, using this garden hint.
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams