Save Those Vegetable Garden Plant Tag Markers and Labels
Plant Tags and Labels Are Helpful
The first lesson I learned as a beginning gardener is that it is a mistake to throw away the plant marker that comes with potted plants at the time of purchase. The plant marker is that little stake which is placed into the potting soil of the plant you buy at the garden store. The plant marker is filled with helpful information that tells the gardener how much sun, water and space a plant needs. Sometimes, the plant marker even has recipes to help you enjoy the plant once the plant has been harvested.
Recently, I went to Home Depot and Lowes to purchase vegetable plants to place in my backyard garden. I brought the plants home and transferred them to the patch of soil that had been carefully prepared for the selected plants. I read the information contained on the plant markers and felt fully informed and capable of taking care of the plants I had just purchased. Foolishly believing I would remember which plant was which, I removed the markers as I took the plants out of the original pot and planted each vegetable into the garden bed. Among the plants I selected were two varieties of peppers. One was a Jalapeno Pepper and the other was a Serrano Pepper. There is a big difference between the two peppers. The Serrano is significantly hotter than the Jalapeno. And, when they are fully grown, the distinction is easily seen. However, while they are growing, they look identical. Since I did not keep the plant marker that came with the plant, three weeks later, I do not know which plant is which.
It helps to know which plant is which because the plant's visual appearance is what helps the gardener determine when to harvest the plant.
This is my first true garden, and like many gardeners before me, I am learning by trial and error. Removing the vegetable garden plant tag markers and Labels is one mistake I will not repeat any time soon.