We start out our gardening season with the best of intentions, by carefully labeling each tomato plant by variety, usually on little wooden plant labels. But by the time the plants are bearing tomatoes, as they are now doing here in Connecticut, we can’t even find the labels, let alone read them. And worse yet, we may have pull them out and discarded them during weeding.
Here’s a simple trick to keep the labels in sight that will make it much easier to compare tomatoes when you pick them:
- Pull up each plant label
- Using a portable drill, drill a hole in each label
- Using a twist tie, fasten the labels to the tomato stake or cage.
Then you can compare your Brandy Boy and Brandywine and so forth without confusion. Further, this trick forces you to weed around the base of each plant when you start looking for the plant label.
So what are we growing this year?
- Lemon Boy
- Fourth of July
- Big Boy
- Big Beef
- Brandy Boy
- Sweet Million
- Super Sweet 100
- Vee Roma
Of course, you could have done this when you planted the plants, but you probably didn’t. And it’s fun to try to explain to your neighbors why you are using an electric drill in your vegetable garden. Just say you are drilling yourself on plant identification.
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