Sunday, July 05, 2009

July: Recycling in the garden

I finally planted my plants from the Native Seed Gardeners project. I put the Baptisia leucantha in the ground before I left on my field trip, but I didn't have time to plant the shade plants (Polygala senega and Oxalis violacea) until today. The difficulty was finding a way to mark plants that have already died back for the season or are very teensy. My haphazard gardening methods don't lend themselves to keeping track of four tiny, important plants! and plant markers are imprecise.

Here's my solution: rings made from margarine tubs. If something grows inside the ring, it's probably the important plant.
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Now I just have to keep them alive until they produce seeds! Wish me luck!


Carol Michel said...

That's a great idea!

Cathy S. said...

That is a great idea! what lovely weather we've been having, enjoy it while it lasts.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Very creative! I've got my 3 little Milkweeds planted by the overflow for the rainbarrel, but with hardly any rain lately, I'm going to have to start watering them. So much for the theory of complete neglect.

Chicago Garden said...

Really cool. I do this but with the empty toilet paper tubes.