One wet day last week I decided to plant out some tomato seedlings with the hope that the weather was going to improve. My decision was on the mark as we’ve had a number of fine days since then.
After planting about 15 seedlings from a total of 33 I looked back on my handiwork and began to wonder what tomatoes I had planted first and at what stakes did the second and third lots begin.
No problem, Black Krim were first then at stake 5 Money Maker, Brandywine and Beefsteaks were next and started … there, yes that’s right … I think ?
At this stage in their life tomato plants all look pretty much the same.
“C’mon you silly old git you know you’re getting older but this is crazy”. “Sure you’re getting wet but slow down and concentrate on the job at hand”.
“Labels, why aren’t you using garden labels ?” “You know the routine!”
“Okay, fair point, so its back to to the workshop to make some labels otherwise my garden plan will become garden chaos”.
“Forgive me I don’t usually talk to myself like this … my wife thinks I’m losing the plot”.
The moral of this story is that it pays to label what you plant and when you did so because like me your bound to forget. If you’re a new chum to vegetable gardening applying dates to your labels tells you how long it takes for seeds to show signs of growth and how long it takes them to reach maturity.
The above labels are made from wooden off cuts from my workshop and old real estate signs. With a sharp stanley knife I cut the signs into 9 cm x 2.5 cm pieces and stapled them to the wooden pegs. Once marked with a permanent market they can be pushed far enough into the soil so that they don’t become dislodged. The pegs are about 22cm in length.
Once the crop has been harvested I pull out the labels, clean off the writing with chemico on a damp cloth and store away for the next growing season.
Making garden planter labels is easy and there is usually plenty of suitable material around that is either being recycled or thrown out. Plastic and aluminium food containers can be cut into strips and attached to wooden sticks or placed directly in the garden. What I like about using these materials is that they can be put in the recycling bin once I’ve done with them.
Wooden offcuts and scraps similar to what I use can usually be found by checking out local timber yards or joinery workshops. As I used to work in the wood working trade many years ago I know that a few dollars beer money will usually produce the goods.
Metal recycling yards are also good places to visit. Last one I called on gave me several bundles of scrap aluminium like this shown below just before it was to be hauled off for recycling. Not bad for $5.00.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Napoleon Hill