Labels for plants

ceramic labelsOnce my plants leave the greenhouse, I still like to keep them marked for information with a decorative label.
With herbs and vegetables, it is particularly useful to keep them identified, if you send someone else to collect what is needed for dinner. Good with Perennial plants too, a reminder where they were planted last summer, have they survived the winter?
I use these broken pottery labels to give a cottage garden feel to my kitchen garden.When making these, first smooth off any sharp edges on the pottery with coarse sandpaper, then for the writing use a waterproof marker pen.
Important to position them in a safe place away from children and pets.
herb labels
coloured labelscoloured lollipop stick labels
When my cutting garden annuals are ready to plant in the garden, these colourful homemade labels are perfect reminder of each plant colour. metal heartschive labelportrait mock upThis Plant Label print is for sale in my Etsy shop.


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Sowing some seeds

grahamI love spring, the planning and planting for the coming months is probably when I enjoy gardening the most. With the weather warming nicely, I am itching to start gardening again.
Last year I found the garden a bit of a chore to be honest, the local cats constantly making a mess of my flower and vegetable garden was very disheartening. Anyway, this year I am fresh with renewed enthusiasm and lots of seeds, thank you Higgledy Garden.seedsbox of seeds I have always grown a mix of edible, bee friendly flowers and vegetables together in an cottage garden style. This year my plan is to grow mainly cutting flowers, still bee friendly of course. There is every chance I will add some salad and veg in places, but for now my plan is this….
My raised bed at the bottom of the garden will have both hardy and half hardy annuals in a mix of colours.
The front garden will be a mix of lavender and annuals with a colour palette of purple, acid green and orange.
The main garden will be a mixture, not quite sure yet, this is definitely a work in progress.
So this week I started off some of the hardy annual seeds in my greenhouse.
I love to use coloured plant labels, it really helps me when planting out to know what needs to go where. They can be used year after year so well worth buying. Sarah Raven  stocks them.
coloured labelsI prefer to start my seeds in pots rather than sowing directly in the beds,mainly because of my furry digging friends, slugs and snails.plant potsplanted pots
Now I need more compost.

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