My sister and I were ages 6 and 8. Eager to witness the magic of food production, we would visit our carrot plot in the garden every day, select a carrot and pull it up to examine it’s size. More times than not, it was still too small and went straight back into the ground.
I don’t remember if our daily checking harmed the carrots but you can’t fault us for our enthusiasm.
Like many foodies and home cooks, starting a vegie garden seems like a logical, noble and wholesome thing to do. After 5 years renting the same property, we’ve finally started digging around the garden. Of course I wish we had started this garden 5 years ago, but it’s better late than never. I have a bunch of seeds sown directly and some in peat.
In the meantime, I’ve been on the look out for pretty garden markers to sort our tidy our new garden. I’ve seen beautiful ones online for up to $20NZ per garden marker. When you consider it costs a few dollars for a packet of 50 seeds, $20NZ for the marker is ridiculous.
I loved the idea of chalkboard markers – they look great and being able to reuse them each season is a bonus. I spied sturdy chalkboard place cards at a local store and I was sold. Two giant popsicle sticks and three staples to the back and these were ready to chalk up.
Chalkboard place cards can be bought at Looksharpe Store for $20NZ for a pack of 12. Giant popsicle sticks are $2NZ for a pack of 26. I’m sure you can find these at your local craft store.
Easy Chalkboard Garden Markers
What you will need
A gun stapler and staples
Chalkboard place cards (the wooden kind, not the card kind)
Giant popsicle sticks
Oil pastel, liquid chalk marker, white grease pencil or weatherproof chalk.
- Take 2 popsicle sticks and align to back of a place cards. Use 3 staples to secure and write name of plant in on the front.
- Repeat with remaining pieces.
Note: I found oil pastels the best. If you have any sort of art supply collection, you will probably already have a pack of oil pastels and they’re compulsory for school students here. They come in bright colours that look great against black and wash off easily with a cloth when you want to re-use them.