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Vintage Spoon Garden Markers

Toss out those white plastic garden markers ! There's a much nicer way to mark your vegetables and herbs. Vintage spoons make gorgeous, durable markers to use year after year.

My grandmother was my muse, my mentor and my inspiration to raise chickens.  Growing up across the street from my grandparent's chicken farm, I believe I have chicken keeping in my blood.
~me with my grandparents and their chickens circa 1967~

Sadly my grandmother died last January at the age of 99. But in addition to leaving me with a lifetime of memories and a love of farm living, she left me her silver spoon collection.

The spoons sat on the dining room table all of last winter and spring.  My grandmother had also left me a wooden rack to display them on, but that didn't interest me.  I knew I should pack them away for safe keeping at least, knowing they were antique and silver.  But my grandmother was practical and thrifty, as New Englanders tend to be. She was active and lived on her own right up until the end.

She gardened, grew flowers and tended to her yard, sewed and make braided rugs, fed the birds and had a cat - although she had given up the chickens years before.  I knew I had to do something special with the spoons.  I wouldn't be honoring her memory by not USING them.

That's where Wooden Hive came in.  I found Kerri's shop on etsy. She hand hammers vintage silverware into garden markers with herb and vegetable names lettered on them.  Perfect ! Something practical and useful.  I managed to convince the shop owner, Kerri, to let me send her my grandmother's spoon collection (although she generally supplies the spoons she sells) and a list of herb and vegetable names I wanted on the spoons.  After explaining my story, she readily agreed. 

As you can see, the spoons turned out so beautiful. I almost didn't want to stick them into the dirt !  But once I got them in the garden, they looked so great, and I knew it was the right decision.

 I used the markers in our garden last summer and as I pulled weeds and harvested vegetables and herbs, I felt my grandmother right there with me.  As I gathered a basket of vegetables to feed the chickens or cut herbs for their nesting boxes, I realized this was the perfect way to use the spoons.  I had managed to combine the memory of my grandmother, gardening and chickens...three of my favorite things.

~my mother and aunt with my grandparents' chickens circa 1943~

Visit Wooden Hive on etsy. She makes beautiful markers and hand hammered silverware, not just limited to garden markers.

In fact, I love them so much I decided I needed four more for this spring ! They arrived beautifully packaged as always !

Herbs Beneficial to Chickens (and People):
Basil - antibacterial, mucus membrane health
Catnip - sedative, insecticide
Cilantro - antioxidant, fungicide, builds strong bones, high in Vitamin A for vision and Vitamin K for blood clotting
Dill - antioxidant, relaxant, respiratory health
Fennel -laying stimulant
Garlic - laying stimulant
Lavender - stress reliever, increases blood circulation, highly aromatic, insecticide
Lemon Balm - stress reliever, antibacterial, highly aromatic, rodent repellent
Marigold - laying stimulant
Marjoram - lay stimulant
Mint (all kinds) - insecticide and rodent repellent
Nasturtium - laying stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, insecticide, wormer
Oregano - combats coccidia, salmonella, infectious bronchitis, avian flue, blackhead and e-coli
Parsley - high in vitamins, aids in blood vessel development, laying stimulant
Peppermint - anti-parasitic, insecticide
Pineapple Sage - aids nervous system, highly aromatic
Rose Petals - highly aromatic, high in Vitamin C
Rosemary - pain relief, respiratory health, insecticide
Sage - antioxidant, anti-parasitic
Spearmint - antiseptic, insecticide, stimulates nerve, brain and blood functions
Tarragon - antioxidant
Thyme - respiratory health, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic

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