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Topic: Chalkboard Seed Starter Pots, link to very basic tutorial  (Read 5369 times)
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« on: April 16, 2008 11:47:05 AM »

I've got a cute little container garden going on my balcony right now.  I really enjoy the ability to not need to go to the store when I just need a few things here and there... you know, a tomato, a green onion, a pepper, whatever.  Also, I like having control over my own produce when possible, and it gives me a summer project that helps keep me outside more often!

There's also just something neat about starting your own plants from seeds, but I never really have a very good system for telling which pots apart until they're past the seedling stage.  A few years back I had the idea for this project, but never went past painting the first two pots.  This year I decided to get out my supplies and get started now while it's still early!


After filling, planting, and labeling


All lined up, paint drying

I put together a very basic tutorial for these on my website.  It's definitely not a difficult concept though, just a little chalkboard paint on a rim, so I'm just going to link it here.  http://www.theartofmegan.com/chalkboard_starter_pots_tutorial


Are you getting excited about your upcoming garden?  I am too!
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2008 12:00:04 PM »

great idea to use chalkboard paint, then you can change them each year!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2008 12:05:17 PM »

that is a really cute idea!
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2008 12:43:13 PM »

oooo! Great gift idea! Will do!
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2008 02:26:15 PM »

Chalkboard paint!  Brilliant!  If I didn't get so much pleasure out of making my kids guess which are which then I would probably do that too Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008 01:22:10 PM »

What a unique and fabulous idea!  Such a cute idea as a housewarming for someone's kitchen! (Me, I have an infamous brown thumb)

Your tutorial is one of the best I've ever seen.  You are detailed in your instruction, you use photographs to illustrate your points, and I love that you explain "why" not just "how".  Example: your paragraph on stability - excellent.  "Putting your brush loaded with paint to the rim, allow the bristles to widen out. Holding the brush in the same position, slowly rotate the pot away from you. Not moving the brush gives you more control to create an even line that is straight on both sides. "   You are the perfect person to write an article, book or teach a workshop!  I wish more teachers were like you. I'm one of those who need to know "why do you do it that way?" LOL!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008 07:11:56 PM »

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.  My little tomato seedlings are very jealous, I should have turned my laptop the other way so that they could not see!
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008 12:13:06 PM »

What a unique and fabulous idea!  Such a cute idea as a housewarming for someone's kitchen! (Me, I have an infamous brown thumb)

Your tutorial is one of the best I've ever seen.  You are detailed in your instruction, you use photographs to illustrate your points, and I love that you explain "why" not just "how".  Example: your paragraph on stability - excellent.  "Putting your brush loaded with paint to the rim, allow the bristles to widen out. Holding the brush in the same position, slowly rotate the pot away from you. Not moving the brush gives you more control to create an even line that is straight on both sides. "   You are the perfect person to write an article, book or teach a workshop!  I wish more teachers were like you. I'm one of those who need to know "why do you do it that way?" LOL!

Wow staciart, thank you so much for the wonderful compliments!!  That means a lot to me, especially since I teach for a hair color company part time.  It's nice to get such genuine feedback on how i word my steps.  That means I'm probably doing pretty well with it at work too! Smiley

I'm not sure where I got my green thumb.  My dad doesn't really bother, and though you may have the brown thumb, my mom has the black thumb.  Dang near every plant she grows dies in some horrible manner.  The only thing she's managed to keep alive are a really robust ivy plant that my husband bought her, and the bamboo of mine that she stole!  She wouldn't give it back once she realized she could grow it in just water and not kill it.

The seeds have been planted for a few days now, I'm excited to see when I'll have little sprouts!

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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008 05:01:13 PM »

I love this idea, my husband always just puts the paper packaging in the pot, but then it gets messed up from the water and we still don't know what is what. we will have to do this for next year!
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2008 11:22:22 AM »

That is really a neat idea!  Can you use the chalkboard paint on anything (within reason, of course)?  Thanks for sharing your idea and showing us how to do it! 
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