Are you like me, one of those gardeners with the best intentions, who just can’t seem to get it all done? I ummm.. finally started most of my seeds at the end of May. They were supposed to be started in February, March, and maybe April at the latest.
Well, May was still a good month I say.
One of the things that holds me back, other then time, and disorganization is tagging each pot. I find it tedious, time consuming, and rather a bother.
“Hi, my name is Jen, and I am a bad gardener.” I am sure there are support groups for people like us.
So here I was, a hour free, piles of seed packets desperately waving at me, peat pots, starter mix, flats, and no more excuses. Then I remembered my gardening fiasco last year. Being overly confident that I could remember what each pot contained, I had not bothered to label anything.
Yes, I am a bad gardener, and I should know better.
Which worked fine until things got moved around. Especially my prized heirloom sweet peas, vibrant blue, and coral pink. When it came time to give away a few pots to a friend for her garden, I accidentally gave most of the blue to her. Every time I looked out onto my patio and saw only coral blue, and not the stunning blue I had envisioned, I kicked myself.
She had a remarkable showing of glorious blue heirloom sweet peas, that gambled up her antique trellis. Leaving everyone to comment on their beauty, I saw a inordinate amount of coral pink. Live and learn.
So this year, I had resolved to do a better job of identifying my seedlings. Poor babies, they deserved a better life, with a better gardener. But this new gardening resolve didn’t involve too much effort, so I looked around for something to mark the pots with. And found my scrap paper from all my card making. Perfect size, perfect colors, and so easy to use.
I cut strips of the same color for each variety, and tagged one pot with a name, and date. Placed them into each pot of dry starter mix, added the seeds and watered.
Now even a month later, they are still holding up well, slightly stained, but so easy to know which is which. This might be a little late as a seed starting tip, but keep it in mind for next year.
And anytime you want to join my support group for bad gardeners, just let me know. We will be arranging a meeting sometime in the future, maybe after we finally get our seeds into the ground.