After I was finished planting two different varieties of tomato in my new veggie garden, I realized they looked a lot more alike in the ground than I had realized. Maybe I’ll still remember which is which come April or May, or maybe not. I’d rather not be stalking the wrong plant for signs of that first tomato though, so I figured some sort of identification system was in order. And of course I wanted it to be cute. I turned to my two internet BFF’s, google and pinterest, for ideas and inspiration. Here’s what I found.
Clothespin + bamboo skewers. I actually have some bamboo skewers lying around so this one appealed to me.
While we’re on the topic of supplies I’ve got lying around, add half a quart of chalkboard paint to the list (leftover from this project). It would be so easy to slap some on those free paint stirrers you can pick up at any hardware store. A china marker/grease pen would stand up to rain better than chalk.
And check out these rocks. Totes adorbs. Except I am not nearly so artistically gifted as this person clearly is, so maybe I could use some of that chalkboard paint. Or a sharpie.
And OMG, even after selling several hundred wine corks in my Etsy shop I still have plentyl eft in my stash. Corks, skewer sticks, and a sharpie. All necessary components for this project. All items I already have. Can’t beat that.
So many inexpensive and adorable solutions to my little horticultural conundrum. I didn’t feel like gathering rocks, though, and I wasn’t sure where to hunt down a grease pen, and I knew there was an abundance of wayward sticks hanging out in my front yard. So Martha’s twigs won my favor.
I grabbed a stick from beneath my oak tree and brushed off the excess dirt in my kitchen sink.
Then used a pair of garden snips to break it into four pieces.
It was really easy to scrape some of the bark off of each with a vegetable peeler.
I had a fine point sharpie, but I think it ran out of ink. So I used an especially inky pen instead to write the name of each variety on the little sliver of exposed wood.
I kind of struggled a bit with writing it nicely. Penmanship has never been my strong suit and bare wood isn’t exactly a forgiving medium. They do their job in the garden, though!
They bring me an obscene amount of joy.
So for those of you who are still weeks or months (or years, if you are just not at a “gardening” place in your life) away from having any need for garden markers, put this in your pocket for that warm spring day when your soil has thawed and the sun is shining and you want to add a bit of cute functionality to your horticultural adventures. They’re 100% free, given you’ve got sticks lying around, and easy to whip up in 15 minutes or less. Can’t beat that with a stick (ha!).