Think Spring! Seed Flag Markers - A Farmhouse38 Knockoff


Spring is just around the corner and last weekend I decided it was time to start some seeds in the house. Isn't my seed starting tray just adorable?  


Okay, I'll come clean. I stole the idea - hook, line and sinker - from the uber-creative Kate at Farmhouse38.  Check out her article on Weather-Resistant Seed Flags HERE.  I'm not even going to try and do a better job writing my own tutorial, just click HERE to learn how to make the flag markers from Kate.

At soon as I saw her post, I know I had to make my own cute weather- resistant seed flags. I tracked down some of the Martha Stewart craft paper that Kate used, gathered a ball of twine, a roll of packing tape and my toilet paper rolls - and went to work.



I did veer off Kate's path a bit and instead of plugging the bottom of the toilet paper rolls we've been saving since Christmas (thank you Mark for remembering to save the empties instead of tossing them in the trash !) with paper towels, I made four cuts and folded them to create a flat bottom on each roll.  Then I stood them upright in my plastic tote.


I filled each roll with some soil from our compost pile.  Each spring I plant seeds both for a garden for the chickens and ducks (mainly leafy greens, cucumbers, sunflowers, squash nasturtium and melons) and also one for us that will include some of what I plant for the chickens plus tomatoes, squash, beets, sweet potatoes and peas.



I pushed some seeds down into the dirt in each roll, misted them with a bit of water and then 'planted' my flags.  I added a 'THINK SPRING' bunting and voila! An adorable (and springy) way to start seeds.



If you haven't joined the Seeds of the Month Club yet, what are you waiting for? You will receive 4 packs of non-GMO seeds each month plus 25% off other products in the online store. How much fun is that? My first month I received an assortment of seed packets that included things I would never have thought to plant in the past - fennel and leeks to name two.  Click on the photo below to learn more:

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So back to my seeds....I misted them, then covered the container loosely with a piece of plastic wrap and it went onto our library windowsill. After just a few days of misting and lots of sun, the seeds started sprouting!









Thank you Kate and Martha Stewart for the 'springspiration' and our new sponsor Mike the Gardener for the seeds!

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19 comments:

  1. Too cute! Your tp roll method is even easier than making pots out of newspaper!

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    1. Super easy, you just have to start collecting your rolls back around Thanksgiving!

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    2. I shared this idea on my blog yesterday. They were so easy and quick to make! Thanks!

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    3. Oh thank you! They are so easy and I love that they're basically water proof too.

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  2. I love this! A great idea & so cute!

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  3. I'm totally doing this! Thanks for this idea!

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  4. This is SO Cute! My kids and I are planting a garden for the FIRST time this year so this will be a HUGE tip and fun project for us! Thanks for the cute idea. I am hosting a linky party on my site http://www.frugalfitfamily today and on Friday so please join in if you have time!

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  5. Did you start your spinach indoors as well? I'm wondering if they transplant well. Thanks!

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    1. I did start the spinach. They are already kind of leggy but we'll see how they transplant.

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  6. You have super cool ideas! liking your blog..... :) I invite you visit my party- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/03/link-party-every-tuesday.html
    Nancy

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  7. Great idea! We haven't tried toilet paper rolls yet, but we did just plant some in egg cartons and homemade newspaper planters! This may be next!

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  8. After examine a couple of the weblog posts on your web site now, and I actually like your means of blogging.It was very very good and informative.

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  9. If you don't use your toilet paper rolls for a project, they go in the recycle bin, not the trash - :-) thanks!

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    1. Well true. Although not all areas recycle, sadly. We just started here a year or two ago unbelievably!

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  10. As my kids say ADORBS!!! I love it. So fun and cute and colorful.

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    1. Oh totally Adorbs! Kate has THE best ideas and its hard not to just steal them all!

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  11. I started compiling supplies when I first read this (and pinned it!). I saved the recyclable bins that I purchased 5 oz baby spinach and spinach / spring mix blends in. After folding the toilet paper rolls the bins hold 12 rolls perfectly. I'm home ill with a virus and starting to feel better, so I put them together. I don't have the pretty paper tape for flags, but I'm going to use my p-touch to label and seal the labels in packing tape. Thanks for sharing this idea!.

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    1. Oh nice! Perfect recovering day project. I would love to see it when you're done!

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