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Like many who find themselves socially isolating in the days of coronavirus, I have been busy in the vegetable garden. The difficulties of shopping, coinciding with the start of spring proper, have reminded many of the importance of a good vegetable patch. This may become even more important in the financial collapse and recession we are likely to meet after the plague has settled.

I had been planting and sowing and found that I  needed labels to identify what I had put where. Without labels I would never know what had failed to grow in each bare patch of earth. Normally these labels are scattered about the greenhouse and garden scribbled with hopeful names which only occasionally become useful. But now that I needed some there was not one to be found. I could not go into town to buy new tags, as in nobody’s view could this be seen as essential travel. I needed to improvise.

Fortunately we buy a number of sheep licks each year. These come in large tubs with colourful plastic lids. These are often pressed into service as frisbees for the dogs but I realised that they could also help in my predicament. Five minutes work with some scissors and we have wipe clean colour coded plant tags and less plastic that will need to be dealt with as waste.

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In miserable times, such as these, simple successes like this do tend to raise the spirits slightly.

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  1. As I write my husband is in from the garden clearing our drains. They were pretty near clear, but it gives him the same kind of pleasure you got from those little plant markers. Yesterday when I told him the door knob was loose, he responded “great. Something to do.” My daughter’s boy friend is putting in a vegetable garden next door at her home. We are just hoping to evade the woodchucks!

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