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February 25, 2018

SOW BY NUMBERS

The southeast coast of New York has been blessed with a string of spring-like days lately, and I've been taking full advantage of it.  What a gift!  I've been able to turn my compost pile, do a bit of garden bed grooming, and seed sow a few cold hardy crops - all without being bundled up in a snowsuit.  Sweet!  Kovacs, my foster cat, looks on from the comforts of my office as I toil away.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
We're all familiar with the classic "Paint By Number" kits, right?  Well, today I'm sharing with you, "Sow By Number™", a very practical method I created for labeling seeded vegetables and flowers that's as easy as 1-2-3!

What you'll need is -
  • a bunch of landscape fabric anchor pins
  • a plastic placemat with printed decor on only one side
  • permanent magic marker
  • a clipboard, paper and pen or pencil
  • scissors and a hole punch
Cut your placemat into a bunch of 1"x3" strips.  Punch a hole at the short end of each strip, making sure the hole is big enough to slip one prong of the landscape pin through the hole.  Grab a label, write a number "1" on it and drive the pin into the soil at the site of where you sowed your seeds.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2018
Log the number "1" onto your paper chart along with the seed type and sowing date.  Your next label will be number "2"(obviously), and you will anchor it in a the site of a different type of seed.  Continue this process for each type of seed variety that you sow.  If you plan to succession sow a particular variety, label your marker with a letter next to the number and catalog those dates on your chart.
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©Linda Nelson 2018
What's nice about this method is that, no matter what you plant, the numbered labels can be used over and over again every year; simply create a new chart for each season.  Your labels won't blow away, either; the anchor pins keep them in place all season long.  And......... you don't have to painstakingly fit your descriptive scribble on a tiny little marker label.  Now, THAT'S sweet!

Hey, did you know that window wells make perfect little cold frames for growing potted cool crop/winter sown seedlings?  They do, try it!
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©Linda Nelson 2018
Ahhh..... now it's time to sit back and watch things sprout.
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2018




2 comments:

  1. I have a little iron woman like you do. It's used to aid in taking off boots or shoes. Mine isn't rusty, but maybe I'll place her where some flowers grow. I'm not a gardener, and I hate the smell of dirt. My wife does that, but your idea is a good one for those who sow!

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  2. Yep, that "Naughty Nellie" the boot jack. Thanks for stopping by, Rush.

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