Vintage Spoon Garden Markers


Toss out those white plastic garden markers ! There's a much nicer way to mark your vegetables and herbs. Vintage spoons make gorgeous, durable markers to use year after year.

My grandmother was my muse, my mentor and my inspiration to raise chickens.  Growing up across the street from my grandparent's chicken farm, I believe I have chicken keeping in my blood.
  
 
~me with my grandparents and their chickens circa 1967~

Sadly my grandmother died last January at the age of 99. But in addition to leaving me with a lifetime of memories and a love of farm living, she left me her silver spoon collection.


The spoons sat on the dining room table all of last winter and spring.  My grandmother had also left me a wooden rack to display them on, but that didn't interest me.  I knew I should pack them away for safe keeping at least, knowing they were antique and silver.  But my grandmother was practical and thrifty, as New Englanders tend to be. She was active and lived on her own right up until the end.

She gardened, grew flowers and tended to her yard, sewed and make braided rugs, fed the birds and had a cat - although she had given up the chickens years before.  I knew I had to do something special with the spoons.  I wouldn't be honoring her memory by not USING them.


That's where Wooden Hive came in.  I found Kerri's shop on etsy. She hand hammers vintage silverware into garden markers with herb and vegetable names lettered on them.  Perfect ! Something practical and useful.  I managed to convince the shop owner, Kerri, to let me send her my grandmother's spoon collection (although she generally supplies the spoons she sells) and a list of herb and vegetable names I wanted on the spoons.  After explaining my story, she readily agreed. 


As you can see, the spoons turned out so beautiful. I almost didn't want to stick them into the dirt !  But once I got them in the garden, they looked so great, and I knew it was the right decision.






 I used the markers in our garden last summer and as I pulled weeds and harvested vegetables and herbs, I felt my grandmother right there with me.  As I gathered a basket of vegetables to feed the chickens or cut herbs for their nesting boxes, I realized this was the perfect way to use the spoons.  I had managed to combine the memory of my grandmother, gardening and chickens...three of my favorite things.


~my mother and aunt with my grandparents' chickens circa 1943~

Visit Wooden Hive on etsy. She makes beautiful markers and hand hammered silverware, not just limited to garden markers.  

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62808557/vintage-silverware-garden-marker-set

In fact, I love them so much I decided I needed four more for this spring ! They arrived beautifully packaged as always !



Herbs Beneficial to Chickens (and People):
Basil - antibacterial, mucus membrane health
Catnip - sedative, insecticide
Cilantro - antioxidant, fungicide, builds strong bones, high in Vitamin A for vision and Vitamin K for blood clotting
Dill - antioxidant, relaxant, respiratory health
Fennel -laying stimulant
Garlic - laying stimulant
Lavender - stress reliever, increases blood circulation, highly aromatic, insecticide
Lemon Balm - stress reliever, antibacterial, highly aromatic, rodent repellent
Marigold - laying stimulant
Marjoram - lay stimulant
Mint (all kinds) - insecticide and rodent repellent
Nasturtium - laying stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, insecticide, wormer
Oregano - combats coccidia, salmonella, infectious bronchitis, avian flue, blackhead and e-coli
Parsley - high in vitamins, aids in blood vessel development, laying stimulant
Peppermint - anti-parasitic, insecticide
Pineapple Sage - aids nervous system, highly aromatic
Rose Petals - highly aromatic, high in Vitamin C
Rosemary - pain relief, respiratory health, insecticide
Sage - antioxidant, anti-parasitic
Spearmint - antiseptic, insecticide, stimulates nerve, brain and blood functions
Tarragon - antioxidant
Thyme - respiratory health, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic


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56 comments:

  1. Love these, planting garden and this would be a wonderful addition. Pick me =)
    Dawn Slyter

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  2. Parsley, Thyme, Basil, Lavender.

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  3. What a beautiful way to honor your grandmother! I have been looking for sturdy...and attractive...markers! These are absolutely perfect!

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  4. What a lovely use for your Grandmother's silver! And you are able to enjoy them in such a unique way.

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  5. What a great post. I have bookmarked it twice. ;o)
    Once in chicken health and once for people health. :-D

    And I will definitely check out - and probably bookmark - Kerri's Etsy shop. Thanks for the link!

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  6. OMGoodness, such beautiful spoons! ♥

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  7. Basil, Cilantro, Garlic (I LOVE growing garlic!) and ... hmm... maybe Sage. I've never grown sage before, but I just named my third daughter 'Sage' (she was born the day before Thanksgiving!) and so perhaps I should start growing it??
    Love the story about you and your Grandma!
    thanks!

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  8. very cool, awsome to remember and honor those before u

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  9. Sweet memories of your Grandma. Love this idea and hope to pull out some old spoons and maybe even some knives and try it. I think I will use my Dremel tool to engrave the names.

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  10. I would put lavender, basil, oregano, and mint, because those are in my prettier beds, which would be even more lovely with these markers! By the way, Wooden Hive made my cake server and two forks for our wedding last summer. They were amazing!

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  11. I've always wanted to do this but never find the spoons.Cilantro , Nasturtium, Parsley, Catnip. Love the Herbs Beneficial to Chickens ( and people) made a copy. Thanks

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  12. Never thought of doing this before! Very cute and simple idea for my garden! I would put Lemon Balm, Lavender, Rosemary, and Rose Petals on my set of spoons. My e-mail is vanegas_massie@hotmail.com

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  13. I've seen these & have thought "I should make these" but don't have the tools to do so. It's great that you can pick the herbs/markers you prefer. I'd definately have basil, cilantro, cat nip & oregano. Thank you for asking!! catwood1984@hotmail.com

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  14. Those spoons are excellent and so unique!!
    Your story/inspiration for them was beautiful and so touching.
    When you spoke of "feeling" your grandmother with you in your garden, I was choking up, because I feel mine with me around my flowers (which she loved), and my Grandpa is always felt with my veggies...he was a huge gardener, and probably my inspiration.
    I would so love to have some of these for my own garden. In picking what herb/veggie I would want on them, I think I would have to go with my Grandparents favorites instead of my own (well maybe one of my own)
    My first pick would be Mint (my Grandma loved to go out and pick it and she added it to lots of things, and also let me pick it for her when I was young, and let me add it in to potatoes cooking at dinner.
    My 2nd & 3rd pick would be Tomatoes and Cucumbers ( I know you really don't need to mark these,but they were both always my Grandpa's pride & joy.
    4th would be chamomile; for me and for them...both liked tea, and she loved the flowers!!
    Thanks for the story...I'm still feeling nostalgic. And thank you for the chance to win a few of my own gorgeous spoon markers.
    Thanks,
    Helen
    :)
    P.S. I already "like" the facebook page, for some time now...that's how I got here!!
    P.S.S I don't have an account for anything under "select profile", so I had to choose anonymous. If I need to get you my full name & e-mail; just let me know!!
    Thanks again!!

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  15. It was kinda hard to pick just 4. I choose Oregano, Parsely, thyme and Cilantro. My grandmother always had a very extensive spoon collection on her dinning room wall. I always enjoyed it.

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  16. Thank you for all the great info on herbs. The spoon markers are awesome, I hope I win them. I love antiques. jaditesam@aol.com

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  17. I love etsy, so I will have to check out Wooden Hive. Gorgeous spoon markers!

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  18. So Cool! I love hand-fashioned, vintage items in the kitchen and garden. I think I'd pick thyme, rosemary, basil and...chives I think. What a great giveaway from a talented artist.

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  19. They are beautiful! Lavender, Basil, Chives, Mint!

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  20. If I could only pick 4 I would say Garlic, Basil, Dill, Sage. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    eposegate@hotmail.com

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    1. Elizabeth, you are the winner ! Please email your mailing address to me at: fresheggsdaily@gmail.com. I will also pass along your email and four marker choices to Wooden Hive so she may contact you directly. Thanks for entering ! Enjoy !

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  21. I have a long list, but my favorites are basil, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
    dmharris7@wyoming.com

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  22. Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Lemon Balm, what are great way to remember your grandmother, she would have been proud of them getting used and displayed where you can enjoy them.

    loves.nature@gmail.com

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  23. I love your idea to honor your grandmother's frugal instincts, while using her spoons in a new and everyday way. I also love your beautiful photographs and tips on herbs. As you know, I've been using herbs in my hen's nest boxes for a while. They love these herbs and now I know why! I would love to win a set to mark my basil, mint, rosemary, and cilantro -- my bird's favs!

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    1. Mine love cilantro also - I didn't know if they would.

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  24. I'd love to have these in our herbal tea garden.
    mint, chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena

    dmcrag@gmail.com

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  25. Great idea! I would love to have a set
    in my large perennial herb garden:) One for Sage, Oregano, Chives and Basil. rarouse@gmail.com

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  26. I love your story. Your Grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman to have known. The spoons are a great way to remember her. My grandmother also passed down her silver to me as well and it was her mother's before that. I have not figured out what to do with them and they are just sitting in a box.

    If I could have any four labels it would be:

    Thyme
    Rosemary
    Sage
    Potato

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

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  27. That is a great idea, I would like cilantro, mint, lavender and lemon balm. I planted those for my chicken coop.

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  28. I tried to make these myself and it was a disaster---alot of ruined spoons and a few bruises to boot! If I could pick it would have to be thyme, rosemary, parsley and oregano. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win a set!

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    1. I have no idea why that showed up as my name - Victoria OSteen.

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  29. Absolutely Unique!! I would be honored to have them in with my my parsley, basil, dill and thyme

    E-mail is ladybugz.dc@gmail.com

    Thank you!!

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  30. Pineapple Sage, Lemon Balm, Mint, and Thyme! I love the idea of using old spoons as garden markers! So cute! I've seen it on Etsy before and just love it :)

    lroach711@att.net

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  31. Thank you for sharing this, it brought tears to my eyes remembering my own Grandmother and her love for plants. If I was to win, any of the names would be fine as I grow most of them. Whatever is on hand will be much appreciated.

    Keep on having a blast in your garden with the spirit of your beloved Grandmother watching over you.
    Blessings,
    Amanda Miller
    sevenruns@dishmail.net

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  32. These spoons are gorgeous Lisa.I choose Lemon Balm,Lavender,Chives and Thyme.
    miller.sandra91@yahoo.com
    Sandra Miller

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  33. Love the new idea for the spoons. What I did with mine from my mother...I flattened them and made a wind chime. She loved the outdoors so now like you she is in my thoughts when I hear the spoons. Love the stamping in the spoons you have. Great story....

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  34. love these would look great

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  35. I loe this idea and the story was inspiring too!!! I mod podged on spoons but I really like this idea so much better... I would have Basil,Dill,Lemon Balm,and Oregano on mine if I won :-)
    naomir77@aol.com

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  36. What a great idea! I would choose lemon balm, lavender, basil and rosemary...althought I can think of a lot more!!!

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  37. Catnip, marigold, lavender and mint appeal to me most..and hopefully so to my future late spring chicks! I plan on starting a little herb garden to test my green thumb out. What a wonderful way to supplement their diet...ESPECIALLY when it can be so beautifully marked! :)

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    1. Oops....email address is: t.tack.anderson@gmail.com

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  38. We just planted an herb/tea garden these would be perfect for! I think lemon balm, chamomile, basil, and mint.

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  39. Lovely! -- and they can actually stand up to the weather?? amazing!
    Hard to pick four, but for a start . . .
    mint
    basil
    garlic
    parsley

    mgarrett (at) mail (dot) win (dot) org
    (I've been told that writing out words and adding spaces foils the evil spambots . . .)

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  40. When choosing an area to put your herb garden, you should remember that the soil should have extremely good drainage.

    how to garden

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  41. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme would be nice, from the Beatles song! But there are so many choices.... strawberries, cilantro, basil, dill....... maybe I just need to send ALL my spoons to her! Thanks for the contest. Your spoons are a lovely tribute to your wonderful grandmother.

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    1. Ann I was just WAITING for someone to mention those four ! Nice.

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  42. It's hard to choose which ones to mark...Basil, Sage, Rosemary, lavender

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  43. The picture of your mom and aunt is priceless. I wish I had pictures of my mom on her grandparent's farm. She spent so much time there. I think I would do Rosemary, basil, thyme, and lavender.

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    1. Thanks Jodie. I wish I had more but as you know, back then film and developing was expensive and people didn't really snap shots of everyday life like we do now. I have a handful of old photos of the chickens and treasure every one.

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  44. My Gramma was a great inspiration to me as well. I've never met such another woman quite as independent/thrifty/wise as she was!

    If I won I would love:
    Rosemary
    Parsley
    Onions
    Chives

    Thanks for the chance!

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    1. I think it was that generation :0) I can only HOPE to be half as independent/thrifty and wise as she was !

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  45. Thanks everyone who entered, I loved reading your marker choices. Elizabeth (eposegate@hotmail.com) was chosen at random to win a set of the markers. But since you all already picked the ones you would like, why not head over to Wooden Hive on etsy and buy a set ? Use the coupon code Sunnyside10 to get 10% off your order.

    Thanks again for your comments and for following our blog. Lisa

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  46. Do you have the complete collection of Spoon Vintage? You can find it all here!

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