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I find that I am often stuck between the desire to have cutesy things and the desire to limit my materialism.

For example, I love these plant markers:

Herb Markers

And these classics:

But instead, I usually just go with what I have on hand that can be recycled or repurposed. Last year I used take-out cutlery as my plant markers. But they did not look good. People kept asking, “Why are there forks in your garden?”

So this year I cut up a yogurt container (after it was used for leftovers a few times).

Step 1) Cut off the bottom of the container. This is the hardest part.

DIY Plant Tags 1

Step 2) Cut sides into strips. I did not measure or cut straight.

DIY Plant Tags 2

Step 3) Use your favorite Sharpie to write the plant name.

DIY Plant Tags 3

So there you have it, my solution to plant tags when I have nothing else on hand and want to  limit my cash flow and mark on the planet.

What do you use for plant markers?

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Seedling Sprouts!

When I came home from visiting my mom for two days, I was surprised by all of the little seedlings that had sprouted in my absence.

Zucchini

Zucchini

They really love being in my nice warm house. I need to replant some of the seedlings into larger pots, as their roots are already poking out of these little disks, searching for nutrients.

In a few days I will start putting the trays outside during the day to harden off the plants – letting them get accustomed to the temperature and growing stronger in the wind. When seedlings are left to grow inside too long, they become spindly and weak because they haven’t had the wind to make them strong.

Seed Tray

Seed Tray

I may have been a little early in starting some of my seeds, but as long as I keep them in a big enough container, they should do find.

Have you started any seeds yet?

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