Start a Garden Week 4: Labeling and Waiting

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This week, it's been pretty cold and there's been very little action in the growing department. I've taken the opportunity to label the garden. Until now, I was keeping track of what went where in classic architect's fashion: scribbling on napkins and the backs of envelopes. Now that labels are in place in situ, anyone who tends the garden can know what is where, not just me with my cryptic jottings:

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Using smooth, round stones, I simply labeled each square of plantings with a permanent fine point Sharpie. The stones were then laid under the twine dividers between each square foot in the garden. I like these markers because they lie low and won't shade any plants. They'll be most useful when the plants are small and difficult to identify. As things grow, we'll be better able to identify plants by their appearance and will rely less on the stone labels.

As you can see in the photo above, the pea plants are coming along nicely, not minding the recent cold snap.

Here's a glimpse of the mess I was using to keep track of plantings before labeling the garden:

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What's Next?

Coming soon, look for transferring my indoor seedlings to larger pots (I wish I had started in larger pots from the beginning instead of beginning with egg cartons). The tomato, basil, cabbage, and pepper seedlings are flourishing and will soon need larger pots so they can continue to grow without becoming root-bound. Constructing stakes and a trellis is still on my to-do list, too, so look for that in the near future.

How is your garden going?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.