Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Monday, March 16, 2009

A dollar saved, is a dollar to spend on more seeds.

This year I have tried to cut corners and save a dollar here and there, and one way I decided to do this, is to use something a little less expensive than the plastic trays from the hardware/garden center to place the peat pots in.The dollars stores are a great place to start, in that they sell aluminium pans, usually 2 for $1 and wooden clothes pins.

I came up with this easy way to label a whole pan of pots of the same kind of plant, using a simple wooden clothes pin. Use a permanent marker for the name of the plants and date the seed was planted, and squeeze the lip of the pan so it lays flat, and the clothes pin will stand upright. Couldn't be easier, and you can reuse the pan and named clothes pin again next season, (that is if you grow the same kind of plants). I suppose you could paint or use whiteout over the label on the clothes pin and reuse it to.

11 comments:

Grace Peterson said...

Hello KeeWee~~ I know what you mean. It's hard to buy the adjunct gardening things when I'd rather spend the money on more plants. (Not that I need more plants...) Was that a nasturtium seed packet I saw? Maybe I should follow suit and sow my nasturtium seed. :)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I use the aluminum pans from the dollar store too! I can fit them in easier on racks and window seals. I like your clothes pin idea. Very clever girl.

dinzie said...

We do some similar things ...Biodegradeable coffee cups being the latest ...Nice and tall for a good root system and into the compost whaen finished ....

D

tina said...

Good idea. My seed flats always break and I sure needed some foil pans yesterday. I am going to clean my hand tools soon so as to ready them for paint:)

Paul and Melanie said...

Thats a great idea, I always run out of space to put seedling pots and I resent paying loads for 'proper' trays. :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That is a great idea, I think that I will definitely remember it for next year. I had already bought the plastic trays, and I guess I should get my seeds started...

Where in NZ did you grow up? It is my favorite place in the world, and if I had not gotten so homesick I would still be there.

I have friends that live in Wellington, NZ, 1/2 of the year. The other 1/2 they live in Wellington Nanaimo, BC. Talk about eternal summer.

Jen

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

You are full of great ideas. I need to pick up more of the aluminum pans and the dollar store is a great place!

Treesparrow said...

What a great idea... I've some seeds to plant this week.... was even in the garden with the first dig of the year this afternoon.... very very satisifying

Sue said...

Hi Keewee,
I like your clothespin and container ideas. What do you put in your peat pots to plant the seeds in? I have been using the expandable ones that already have the planting medium in them. I have 72 planted so far, and just found the ones I have from last year. I plan to plant tomato and pepper seeds in them and put them in the 2 containers we just bought cooked chicken in.

In a previous comment, I may have said something about gardening at the neighbors, unless that was someone else's comment I said that on. You already know that, because you commented on it. I am a bit scatterbrained.

keewee said...

Hi sue, I use seed starting mix. I tried those little peat pellets but prefer the larger peat pots. Today, I took a chance and direct seeded, lettuce, and parsley. All this veggie gardening is still trial and error for me.

Sue said...

I forgot where you live, but with the daffs being up and blooming, you should be fine with lettuce, spinach, kale, onions, potatoes, and radishes. It may be a little early for the parsley, but since it takes awhile to germinate, it may be fine.