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April 11, 2012

Garden Markers on the Cheap

I think I'm going to have to file this one under "Now why the heck didn't I think of that?". I was perusing Pinterest a while ago, and came across this brilliant idea for cheap (free, actually) row markers for the garden. I was happy with the stone markers I made for my potato bed, but perfectly smooth river rocks aren't always easy to come by. Alder branches, on the other hand, are something that we have in abundant supply.

So I cut myself a bunch of sticks, and shaved a flat spot onto the end of each one. Easy peasy:


I let the flat sides dry in the sun a bit while I was planting, thinking this would prevent the ink from bleeding (not sure this matters, but whatever):


Using a UV stable felt pen, label your fancy-pants marker accordingly:


How cool is that? Now I've got a lovely set of matching rustic garden markers. And they're compostable, to boot.

The remainder of the winter leeks in the foreground, with last fall's arugula and this year's garlic crop in behind.

We've spent the last few weeks prepping the garden for planting, including mulching the rows with wood chips. We lined them with empty feed bags to keep the weeds down, and piled the wood chips on top. It's a little thing, but it makes the garden feel so much nicer. We're going to build a long, narrow chicken run along the back fence as well. Nothing grows that close to the alders anyway, and I'm hoping the birds will keep the forest from encroaching on our little veggie plot.

Ahh, spring!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

what a fantastic idea, I will be trying this out!

Annie said...

They look really great! I hope they don't start sprouting for you! hee hee.

Erin said...

i like your solution for keeping the chickens working to keep boundaries in place. a permaculture approach for sure.

your markers are fabulous, my boys love this and thought they might try them. alder we have a tonne of and a recently fallen oak as well. now to find their frost knives...hmmm...

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