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:
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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