Dreaming of: Garden Tags

Those poor groundhogs. The spring snow we got yesterday means you might as well put Shubenacadie Sam, Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil on the endangered list. I’ve seen plenty of winter-blues venom sent their way on the Interwebs.

But you know what all this snow makes me think of?

That’s right. Green leaves, clam rolls, beaches and, of course, my garden. We built a 10- by 15-foot raised bed in our backyard a couple of years ago. It’s not a quarter-acre garden, like the one we had when I was a kid. But it’s in a nice sunny spot, and every summer it delivers an abundance of tomatoes, carrots, peppers and herbs. All it asks for is a little compost, rain and (not exactly frequent) weeding.

With my thoughts turning to seeds and dirt, I tripped over this neat little craft the other day: recycled blind garden tags. As it just so happens, I have a set of crummy vinyl blinds in my garage, awaiting their fate in the landfill. Only now, they don’t have to go!

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Courtesy of Crafting a Green World. Retrieved 3/23/11 from Crafting a Green World: http://www.craftingagreenworld.com

One tip: permanent markers write nicely on these, but they will fade. For the most resistant tags, use a thick pencil. It’s not as pretty, but it will survive a summer of (delightful) heat, rain and sun.

Think spring!