Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Recognising the plants

All these pots on our living room table, holding seeds and mud, trying to become plants. It's a good thing there are small markers there so I know what is coming up. Because one green leaf looks much like another green leaf to me. Especially right at the beginning.

I have done some re-planting now though and those small markers have not been used. Mainly because they are made of thick paper/thin cardboard. Paper and rain don't really mix. So, I planted the first couple of things and left them without a marker to indicate what was what. 

Which is okay if you have 2 pots outside with a total of four different plants. It becomes a different matter altogether when there are over a dozen large pots containing beans and carrots and whatever else I am aiming for. A solution was needed. 

Come in potato salad! Honestly, the potato salad saved the day. It could have been another type of salad just as easily, but this one was the first I got to. The potato salad was eaten quite a while ago, but I had kept the container (washed of course) and now it came in really handy.

All Dutch names of course
You take said potato salad container and start cutting it in strips. Make sure you make a nice sharp edge on one end as well: this will be used to plant the marker more easily. Take a black marker (isn't it annoying how it is all called the same?) and write the name of the vegetable or herb on the plastic marker. Stick in pot.

So, now I am not only growing my own veggies (which is good: less food miles), I am also recycling, because these markers can be used again and again. 

Photo taken last Sunday. More pots will follow...
In other news: I did buy the strawberry plants I wanted: five different types. These I stuck in two wicker baskets and hung on our fence (thank you Dad for the screws). The radishes, buckwheat, cabbages, dill, clover, Swiss chard and rocket have been rehomed already. As are the bell peppers and chamomile. So far the radishes are top of the class.


  1. hari OM
    Oh good grief, I am getting kitchen garden envy over here!!! hoorah for you... YAM xx

    1. Well, the Swiss Chard is struggling at this moment due to the bad weather we have been having. The rest is hanging on in there.

  2. Am I happy that I have nothing to do with a garden anymore only admire the flowers or smell the smell the herbs !
    It's so nice to walk through a flower park and have not to take care of anything !!

  3. WooHoo I can read Dutch..I see cherry tomart...LOL
    Hugs Cecilia

  4. It's still a bit too cold here in WNY to be planting a garden. But we still have some hardy herbs coming up. Good idea you had for making those plant markers. We can't wait to see your garden in a couple months when those plants get big!

  5. That's a great way to recycle and make sure you know what is in each pot. We can't wait to see how everything grows.

  6. They remind me of the traditional markers that my grandfather used in his garden. Of course, they weren't plastic back then.

  7. What a great idea. Wishing you the best of luck with your garden. Way to go radishes!!!

  8. Looks like it was a time to plant. And the time will come to harvest. Klem


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