Perfection Is My Enemy

A Chrisitan mom & crafter shares what's worked for her.

How to Make Garden Markers May 23, 2011

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We are getting ready to start seeds in the greenhouse for what I hope is a bountiful garden this summer. I needed a cheap way to be able to mark all those little seedlings. A wise old woman shared this idea with me.

Step one.
Find a set of old window blinds. I bought some at a second hand store for $1.99. Mine were plastic but I think metal would work well too.

Step two.
Cut the strings and take the blinds apart.


Step three.
Cut each blind into 6 inch strips. I just eyeballed it, so mine were anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. Feel free to be as exact or relaxed as you want. It really doesn’t matter.

Step four.
Wash all those strips in the washing machine with some old towels or anything else that you don’t mind getting snags in. This step is optional. The blinds that I purchased were pretty dusty. I don’t mind my own dust, but was pretty grossed out by other people’s dust. Also, you need them to be clean when you write on them later.
Step five.
Cut all the strip lengthwise. Thus creating twice as many markers.


Step six.
Cut one end to make a point.


Step seven.
Use a Sharpie pen to write the name of whatever it is you are going to plant on the marker.


Ta-Da! Enjoy your garden markers!

Newspaper Seedling Pots

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I am counting the days until spring, and hoping that my excitement for our garden doesn’t fade by the time it gets here. In the mean time, I am keeping myself busy making seedling pots out of newspaper. They are free, easy to make, and biodegradable. You will need: Newspaper, tape, scissors, and something square to use as a mold. And here’s how to make them:

Step 1.
Cut several layers of newspaper in half like the picture.

Step 2.

Cut in half again, and again.

Step 3.

Find something square (1.5-2 inches x 1.5-2 inches). I taped together 2 of the kid’s blocks. Wrap one strip of newspaper around the blocks with some hanging over the edge. Don’t wrap too tight or you will have trouble sliding it off of the block.


Step 4.
 Fold the end like a present and secure with a small piece of tape. I used little strips of painter’s tape.

Step 5.

Slide off the block and crease the corners.

It took me about 5 minutes to make 6 of them. When you are ready to use them, just fill with dirt, plant your seeds, and keep them watered. You will need to keep them in some sort of seedling tray so they stay together and don’t fall apart with watering. When you are ready to plant in the ground or to transplant, just pull off the newspaper and plant.