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Monday, April 15, 2013

Labelling

Note to self: Start Labelling.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a frenzy of garden activity - planting seeds all over the place, pulling out weeds, digging up new beds, re-potting pots and laying out mulch. And now I am starting to reap the rewards with little seedlings popping up everywhere. Problem is I can't quite remember what everything is. I know I planted peas and snow peas in front of all the trellises. But whether these are snow peas or snap peas or ordinary peas I couldn't say.
 And I know I planted carrot seeds in this whopping big basket. But I also planted something else in there... dill? coriander? And I'm not sure if those seedlings are carrot or some other sort of herb?
And I know for sure that this is where I planted broad beans. But what on earth possessed me to plant them in rows? I never plant in rows. I really confused myself when they started popping up in such an orderly fashion. 


14 comments:

  1. haha Don't you hate that, they look like carrots to me tho! I use childrens art popsicle sticks and write on them in permanent marker :D Hope that helps!

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  2. Sowing in rows? You must have been reading my blog too much! Left, Right! Left, Right!
    I agree with Nathalie, the middle pic is of carrots.
    If you don't label your seeds, maybe you should have a garden plan on paper (or on computer) on which you can note what you planted, and when and where. That's what I do - although these days I am quite disciplined about labelling things sown in pots.

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  3. Good timing for your post! I spent an hour this morning with a bottle of metho and some paper towels cleaning marker off the dozens of labels from previous years. I'm so good about writing out those labels... what a pity they so rarely make it all the way out to my garden beds! Ha! I am determined to get better at using them properly though. Too many times I have different varieties of the same kind of plant and I'm never sure what they are.

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  4. I planted carrots in rows this year because I bought the tape ones, but I actually prefer a bit of chaos and a few surprises... I label seed trays but everything I plant in the veg garden is edible and I will eventually know what it is. It helps you learn to recognise them as seedlings too if you have to guess... besides, it drives my husband nuts.

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  5. I am exactly the same! I never mark my seeds and always think I will remember what I planted where, but never do.

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  6. It's great when you achieve so much in a day. Well done it all looks great. :)

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  7. I know what you mean. I sometimes go into a frenzy and have been known to pop broad beans in and forgotten that I have done so and gone about putting something else in the same place. The good thing is that you will eventually find out what is where...

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  8. I reckon you'll just have to wait and see with the peas. I always forget what and where I've sown things too. I've taken to putting a thin layer of mulch over any area I sow simply to remind myself I've done it - all too often I end up sowing the same area with more than one crop.

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  9. I'm trying to resist sowing in rows but the force is just too strong in me... Parsnips are the only thing that grow in a bit of a random arrangement - usually because I sow them when it's a bit windy outside. Looks like you've got very good germination rates there - roll on the harvest!

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  10. I love orderly rows of anything..makes me feel good....but I always forget to label things..sometimes I do a plan..I did this year

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  11. Hahaha...I know what you are saying :-). Same things happen with me also sometimes.

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  12. That is very funny. It will be vegetable lucky dip for you this year. Joyous surprises! Well done for actually planting, though - that is the most important thing.

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  13. I do that all the time ..so much so that I even lovingly nurtured some 'cat head ' weeds because I thought it was a leafy green.

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  14. Does it really matter? Buy the time it's time to harvest you will know what's what. Or you should, and if you don't - don't eat it. I don't label when planting in the garden. I do keep a record book though of what has been planted so I can recall the exact variety.

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