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Wine Cork Garden Markers

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Garden Markers made from up-cycled wine cork are more than just cute.  They also help you remember what the heck you were doing.  Inspired by these sweet cork markers I found on Baby Centre I have ventured to make my own version.

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens

I am not going to lie.  Herb gardens are decidedly not something I am good at.  So when it comes to planting herb gardens, I need all the help I can get.  Over the years I have gotten fairly decent at identifying sprouts, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, etc.  But herbs, no.  What I need is a lot more experience growing herbs, and until then – I’ve got a clever little up-cycle that it gonna help me out

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Another really easy up-cycle, that is not only cute – it’s actually quite useful.  And who doesn’t love a useful craft?  My version of these wine cork garden markers uses a wire hanger instead of doweling or skewers ( you likely already have a wire hanger to spare) and because of that you don’t need a drill either, just push the wire into the cork.  Real people, real living and totally do-able.

Materials:

  • wine corks
  • white wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • sharpie

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Directions:

  1. Unravel the coat hanger, and straighten and if you don’t have a white one, you can paint it.  Just be sure to let it dry very very well before you start handling it
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut the hanger into several lengths, approx 5 – 6 ” long
  3. Push one wine-cork onto the end of one 5″ length of wire
  4. Using the sharpie ( or other permanent marker) label the cork with the type of herb you’ve planted, or hope to plant, or planted a while ago and you forgot about it and it died…
  5. Place each marker next to the right herbs you planted. Be sure to get it right!  I made myself a sketch of where I planted which herb, so that adding the markers wouldn’t cause confusion and delay.

If you liked this up-cycle

You’ll need to make these lovely nature gifts in a jar, and these egg carton daffodils.  For more grown-upy type crafts, check out this awesome rag rug tutorial, or these super easy cotton napkins.  

Also, you can read about my herb garden prowess and get some seed starting ideas here if you’re looking to start your own – which you should totally do! 

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

 

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Gardening Books for Beginners and Experts

11 of the best gardening books for beginners and experts alike. Vegetables, flowers and herb gardening, container and square foot gardening and journalling.
There are a multitude of things to consider when planning out your garden. Generally speaking soil types, as well as sun vs. shade, and climate are top of the list.  However, plant hardiness, compatibility with neighbour plants etc are also key factors. Whether it be flowers, herbs or vegetables, knowledge is power, and knowledge often comes in books.  Here is a list of gardening books that you will find helpful, and informative. 
 
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11 of the best gardening books for beginners and experts alike. Vegetables, flowers and herb gardening, container and square foot gardening and journalling.

Gardening Books for Beginners and Experts

Perennials for Ontario by Alison Beck

This is the most used book in my garden library.  First, it’s packed with great information on perennials for Ontario, including but not limited to dividing plants.  Second, there are tips for what pests to watch out for. Third, and perhaps my favourite part of the book, the chart that allows you to find perennials by colour, height, hardiness and bloom season.

Annuals for Ontario by Alison Beck

Normally I’m not a big fan of annuals, but when you have a spot where you may want to experiment with colour and blossom variety – knowing what annuals have to offer is key.  

Flower Gardening by Reader’s Digest

 
For both the beginner and experienced gardener,  this book includes the newest flower species, plus the latest trends in flower gardening, including butterfly gardens, wedding bouquets, and dwarf and miniature gardens

 

A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickel

Comprehensive, detailed, and beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, this alphabetical guide to some 15,000 ornamental plants is an essential reference for all gardeners and horticulturists

Canadian Encyclopedia of Gardening by DK

This  comprehensive gardening reference is packed with helpful advice. From  the growing popularity of green roofs and crevice gardening to an  expanded section on how to grow fruit and vegetables in containers, this  fully revised encyclopedia includes new photography and step-by-step  techniques.

Canadian Vegetable Gardening Guide by Douglas Green

Filled with  information on planting, growing and harvesting more than 50 vegetables and herbs, plus it includes full-color images as well as helpful maps and charts.

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew

In this new volume, you’ll find discussions on one of the most popular gardening trends today: vertical gardening, as well as making gardening fun for kids, plus an expanded section on pest control. Rich with new full-color images and updated tips for selecting materials.

Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth

A complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination.  Also, required population size, techniques for hand-pollination, and the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

Container Herb Gardening by Rosita Burnette

In Container Herb Gardening, you’re given you all of the information that you need to get started with container herb gardening in your home or apartment. Not only supplies you’ll need and tips to get started, but also how to find the best herbs to grow.  

Herbs: the Complete Gardener’s Guide by Patrick Lima

 

Photographs and watercolor illustrations capture all the beauty and detail of these fascinating and practical plants, and the entertaining text is chock-full of clear information, helpful advice and wry anecdotes.

A Gardener’s Journal by Lee Valley Tools

A ten year chronicle style journal packed with extras.  This is totally worth the price, and you can and will keep it forever.

 11 of the best gardening books for beginners and experts alike. Vegetables, flowers and herb gardening, container and square foot gardening and journalling.

See all of our gardening posts here and don’t forget to get your printable Planting Schedule -Starting Indoors – for reference and to help keep you on track, and check out these other gardening posts to help you get the most out of your gardenStarting Seedlings , Laying out your Plot, Maintenance Planners, Journals, Planting Schedules for Direct Seeding, and Planting Schedules for Starting Seeds Indoors  

What are your favourite go to gardening books?
 
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I Never Promised You A Herb Garden

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Our next adventures lead us to a herb garden.  While I would love to sit here and tell you all that we always grow our own herbs, and use nothing but fresh herbs in all of our cooking… the truth is I have tried to grow my own herbs, once.  I failed miserably.
 
Growing your own herb garden can be harder than it looks! Check out these tips to keep your herb garden thriving

 

Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Growing herbs, for me, is like dusting. I have the best of intentions, and I mean well, and I am sure that if I actually just did it, I would do it well…but it is one of those things I never put much energy into.  The one time I grew herbs, it was a neat little kit that someone got me for a Christmas gift, and it sat on a shelf for the better part of two years, until I found myself living on a farm, and I thought, Hey!  I am a farmer now, I will grow herbs!  I will have a herb garden.  Well, I planted the seeds, tended to them ‘til there were plenty of wonderful little sprouts, and then put the clay pot on a pretty little hook by a window…and much like the dusting, out of sight, out of mind. 
 
I have however in the past found myself wishing I had plenty of fresh dill at my disposal.  I mean, who wouldn’t? Dill is fabulous!  ( Especially when it comes time to pickle all those tasty cucumbers!) And mint!  Yum! As for most other things, I don’t use a whole lot of spices / herbs when cooking, and usually dried stuff from the grocery store has served me well.  Yet, I have the space, and the seeds.  Why not give it a whirl again?  I am a farmer, I will grow herbs!  I will have a herb garden. 

So today two of my little helpers and I cleaned out some planter boxes, and planted parsley, chives, oregano, basil, thyme, and tarragon.  Anybody have any suggestions, helpful hints, or pointers that I should know when caring for a herb garden?  I plan on planting some mint somewhere else.  Not in the boxes, but perhaps as a border somewhere, or in a raised bed all on its own.  I would like to surround something with mint, as I hear it keeps the mice away. I also hear it can really take over.  I refrained from planting anise. I have a couple of huge licorice lovers here, but I hear the mice just love the stuff, and I am not a lover of mice. I did not plant dill, only because I didn’t have any seeds.  If this herb garden works out for me, I will be sure to add dill in the future. I will also tell you all about it. 

Please share your own herb garden with us in the comments below, we love to hear from you.

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