You know, a popular discussion amongst vegetable gardeners is always about their plant markers. What they make them out of, how they make ’em.
For me, what I think works best is just a plain old piece of wood. I like to use a nice smooth surface so that when I write on it with a permanent marker, it is easy to write on and it’s easy to read. Usually this permanent marker is gonna last easily throughout one season. By next year it may be faded out, you might need to write over it again. But it’ll easily identify your plant for the whole season.
This stick is nice and stiff. So you can easily use a hammer if you need to to pound this into the straw bale or even down into the ground if you’re a traditional gardener, without having to worry about it snapping in half.
Now, if you’re an experienced gardener, you may not even use plant markers any longer ’cause you can recognize each of your plants.
But especially if you’re a new gardener, it’s really a good idea to mark where each plant is. Mainly because if you have a lot of success with that plant, you’ll wanna know the specific variety that you planted. And if you don’t have a lot of success, you might wanna know that as well, so you don’t try it again the next year.
The other important place to write things down is in a garden diary. I like to keep a diary of everything I plant and the date I plant it and this gives me a really good reference, especially for seeds.
If I’m gonna order seeds the following spring, I have the list of all the seeds I planted, what kind of germination rates I got on each of those seeds, and it gives me a really good reference manual to go back to if I wanna draw information for placing my seed order the next spring.
So keep a diary of everything you do in your garden as well, you’ll see it’s kind of a hassle to keep the diary, but it’s really handy the following spring.