I have always been impressed by my mother’s ability to name any plant or flower on sight, and our flower beds around the house were always bright and lush. For some reason, I have never had any desire to have a garden of my own.
But next thing I know, I am hauling cinder blocks out of the back of Brent’s truck, and coming home to freshly delivered piles of horse manure in the middle of the driveway. We have been fortunate not to have any flooding with all of the rain Houston has been getting, but every time I find myself lying awake, listening to the storm and thinking “oh no, the tomatoes are going to drown!”
When we first put the plants in the ground and they were itty bitty, it was hard to tell the difference between the different sprouts. I made my own simple temporary plant markers with large popsicle sticks, acrylic paint and sharpie. They have stood up surprisingly well with all of the rain, but the wood has bowed slightly.
In the meantime, I have been scouting out lots of more permanent options on Pinterest for garden markers. The garden has certainly been a labor of love so far, between warding off hungry caterpillars (not nearly as cute as Eric Carle’s, especially when they demolish my basil plants) and clearing all of the dirt off of the leaves after the rain kicks it all up (because as Brent says “ever heard of photosynthesis?”).
But I will admit, it feels pretty great to be able to go outside and pick my own parsley to make chimichurri sauce for steak, and our first two tomatoes were spectacular. This weekend the first strawberry was ready, and a little zucchini is poking through. Frankly, we may not recoup the expenses of getting the garden set up – who knew that horse manure was so expensive – but everything tastes amazing so far, and you sure can’t beat the convenience!
If anyone has gardening pro tips or ideas for other markers, please let me know in the comments!