Homestead Hack – Remember Where You Planted Seeds

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I was in the veggie garden REPLANTING it since all the rain decimated it the first time.  I started by hacking out all the grass that was choking my veggie beds by growing very well, thank you.  Then when I had finally once again cleared the beds, with renewed hope I replanted my veggie seeds.

Now I know that the grass will make a run for it again. So I’ll need to keep the garden hoe handy to keep that dang grass at bay so it doesn’t get out of hand.  But I don’t want to damage the area where my veggie seed is securely tucked away.  How will I know where my seed or tiny seedling is planted? I don’t want to accidentally damage or destroy it while maintaining the garden.  I’m starting a new feature called Homestead Hack where I share ideas-on-the-fly that are helpful around the ranch. Here’s my Homestead Hack for today!

In replanting my veggie garden how will I know where to weed around where my seed was planted? Check out this helpful Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

Grass Covers My Seedling

I know the grass in my veggie garden raised beds will need to be dealt with well before this little seed is able to break ground and survive.  To give me indication of where I planted those seeds I looked around at what I had available.  Low & behold the answer was before me!  I took a stick and broke it into sections of about a foot. Then I stuck a section into the ground just above where each of my seeds (or seedlings) were planted.  Use what you’ve got is what I always say!

In replanting my veggie garden how will I know where to weed around where my seed was planted? Check out this helpful Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

And even if it rains for days and days on end keeping you out of your garden so that grass grows up all around your tiny seedling as it makes a break for it like the picture below, you’ll still be able to tell the areas where you need to exercise care with your garden tools…

In replanting my veggie garden how will I know where to weed around where my seed was planted? Check out this helpful Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

So there ya go, a helpful Homestead Hack that you can use in your garden too!  It helps to mark the area you’ve planted so that your little plant stands a fighting chance.  But using this homestead hack there’s nothing to buy so it’s good for your budget. And you don’t get any more all-natural than Mother Nature’s own. Use whatcha got!


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12 thoughts on “Homestead Hack – Remember Where You Planted Seeds

  1. Melissa French, The More With Less Mom

    This is a great idea! Thanks for posting. Hello from Farmgirl Friday blog hop.

  2. Mandi

    What I great idea! I wish I would have done this before we got so much rain. Coming over from Farmgirl Friday!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      The rain has really done a trick on our garden too this year Mandi. I’m seeing the twigs marking where I planted the seeds, but in many cases no sign (yet) of emerging plants. Fingers crossed. ~TMR~

  3. Gentle Joy

    I have done this many times…. and it seems funny to me that I am not the only one who does it… I felt a bit “silly” to be doing such an unofficial thing. 🙂

  4. JoAnna

    I do this all the time. And then I lose the sticks because I’m so dimwitted, I choose flimsy or near decomposed sticks because they are always what are closest to me when I’m looking!

  5. Cynthia F

    What a great idea! I want to grow radishes from seed this year, couldn’t figure out how to find them amongst the weeds. 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      This procedure has saved many a seedling in the Taylor garden, Cynthia! ~TMR~


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