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In some places, it is time to plant the spring garden.  In others, people are looking at their seed catalogs in anticipation of planting.  When you plant, it is important to mark which seeds you planted in which rows.  It is embarrassing not to know which is which when you are showing off your garden.  Permanent plant markers that you can easily move as you rotate your crops will prevent that problem.  These markers can be made of scraps most of us have in our wood shops.

You will need:  (1) 2” X 4” X 3/4” piece of pine or cedar, (1) 5/16” X 12” piece of dowel rod.

Cut the scrap to a size that makes sense to you.  Cut the dowel.

Make a 5/16” hole for the dowel in the center of the bottom of the wood.

Paint the wood with a weather proof base paint to protect it.  Be careful not to fill the dowel hole with paint.  Allow to dry.

Paint the name of one of your crops on the wood.  If you are creative, you can paint more than just the name.  A picture of the crop looks good too.  Let the paint dry.

Take one end of the dowel and put it in your carpenter’s pencil sharpener.  Sharpen it a bit for easy insertion in the dirt.  Glue the other end of the dowel into the dowel hole.  Allow the glue to dry and then use.  This is a good project to do while you wait for it to be warm enough to plant your garden.

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Keep Some Birds Away

When you have worked very hard to grow your grapes, fruits and vegetables, it's hard to not be bothered when birds come in and take the best of everything!

A few tricks that work well are: netting over grapes, mylar strips tied to branches of your fruit trees, even blow up owls work.

If you use a blow up owl, or scarecrow, keep in mind to move them every few days so they appear to "move." Othewise the birds get wise fast and they are no good.

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