by Texas Homesteader ~
Well garden season is in full swing in NE Texas. Before I ever planted my garden I first laid out what would be planted where using my multi-year spreadsheet. It allows me to take advantage of past year’s garden successes, avoid past year’s failures and even take advantage of companion planting. Then I used my indoor greenhouse to plant my heirloom seeds so I could get a head start with seedlings in the ground when planting time came.
When the danger of last frost had passed I dropped those tender seedlings into the ground, being sure to mark their base with a stick (great homestead hack from last year) so I’d know what foliage was veggie plant & what needed to be weeded away, as well as the location to water when the vines get to rambling. But I’ve found an easy way to repurpose items I already have in my home for the actual plant markers. Using these markers helps me to remember what I planted where without having to look it up. Check it out!
Using Canning Jar Lids For Plant Markers
I had saved some of my used canning jars that had a white background. Although I’m sure the ones that are solid colored would probably work as well, I liked the contrast of those white sections. I pulled out a *permanent tag-marker pen with black ink and got started. Each lid was marked with a veggie variety I was planting. Jalapenos, elephant garlic, bell peppers, green beans and more!
I added an infinity-type symbol under the type of veggie to indicate that these plants are an heirloom variety. Almost all of my veggies are heirlooms, but there are some that I plant that are hybrid. This lets me know which plants I can save seeds from for next year’s garden.
I even made a marker for the volunteer vine that showed up in the garden. It may be cantaloupe, or spaghetti squash, or even pumpkin. Time will tell… (I can’t wait to see what it ends up being! LOL)
I love these little plant markers, and since I’ve used canning jar lids they also have a food preservation theme. Cute, economical, effective!
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Using Cheap Biodegradable Weed Block
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Easy Deep-Soak Watering
- Planting Potatoes In Galvanized Trough
- Planting A Blueberry Bush In Galvanized Tub
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
- How I Use EcoBricks In The Garden
- Making An Inexpensive Temporary Cold Frame
- Easily Disposing Of Old Confidential Documents
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