best way to mark where seeds are planted?

United States
August 14, 2010 8:35pm CST
My hubby likes to do the stake w/ the seed packet ontop of it. I prefer tent stakes with a line of colored yard & maybe a popcicle stick w/ the name written on it. But I've noticed in catalogs various other ways with metal or plastic markers you can use over and over (or one hopes). How do you mark your seeds?
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• United States
16 Aug 10
broken up plastic window blinds. magic marker almost never wears off the piece either. a good recycle. :)
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• United States
19 Aug 10
That's quite a nifty idea there scarlet! And we will be hopefully redoing our daughters room soon and her blinds are on the list of things to toss!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 Aug 10
i am with you in regards to the yarn and popsicle sticks (or you can use paint store stir stix).
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• United States
19 Aug 10
Paint store stir stix would certainly be more visable after things start growing.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I generally draw a map with what I've planted where. I didn't this year, I figured I would be able to tell what is what, but all that came up was corn and green beans so it was pretty easy. And I have one tomato plant!
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• United States
19 Aug 10
only one tomato plant! Then again you are one person, we've got I think 9 or is it 12? Usually the kids pick the plants clean, this year we've got some very good yields too good!
@GardenGerty (102514)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I did not mark them this year, other than with tags that came with the plants. I should just put a marker up that says "weeds" as that is all I have in one section. Plus my butternut squash and pumpkins tell me what they are by the shape of the fruit on the vines. The vines are taking over a large part of my yard.
• United States
19 Aug 10
Yeah I hear you about the weeds once it gets this hot this time of year that's the last thing on my mind is spending my day pulling weeds in hot humid temps. My greenbeans & zucchini & I guess just about every thing else but the tomatoes.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
17 Aug 10
We've always done popsicle sticks for our markers because they will eventually break down and become a part of the soil and it isn't going to cause a lot of pain to a person or animal if they were to accidentally step on them. Also, by the time that they start to break down the plants are large enough that it is easy to look at them and be able to tell what is growing in a specific area. Of course, I do know that there are a lot of other ways to mark your plants.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I leave this to my daughter's marvelous memory. Also I get a little giggle when a row of beans show up where the potatoes are planted.