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Today the Whimsy Craft blog moves beyond crafts for an occasion, and into your garden!

Spring quickly arriving in Australia, has brought with it an abundance of beautiful days. So it’s been the perfect time to plant seedlings in preparation for some home-grown fruit n’ veg by this upcoming Summer.

My wonderful fiancé had dug a nice little patch in the garden, and I had gone crazy sewing seedlings, for tomatoes, spinach, lettuce (not carrots this time after last year’s failure!), jalapeno chillies and snow peas.

Today, a couple of weeks after sowing the seeds, I realized that snow peas have been shooting up like crazy, however I neglected to consider that these little babies like growing vertically a-la jack and the beanstalk style. The poor little things had started intertwining into each other like what I would imagine an English Briar Patch would look like, and were sadly flopping over with no direction. (Insert time-appropriate political pun here!)

I decided to concoct a home-made variation on the garden stakes, as a Bunnings warehouse (which is like a home and garden haven, for those who are not familiar) was much to far away for me to try and get to – particularly being the Australian Federal Election day. So here is today’s little craft nugget for you!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Vertical growing seedlings that desperately need to de-flop. These could be beans or peas, immature tomato vines, and other stalk like plants requiring a bit of help.
  • Everyday scissors
  • Recycled chopsticks of any kind. (Keep those ones you get when you order Take Out, and put them to good use instead of going mouldy in your kitchen drawer like mine were!)
  • Twine

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METHOD:

  1. Ensure your little seeding babies are evenly spaced. Replant the ones that have germinated together so they have a bit of space to grow and be merry.
  2. Jam a chopstick into the ground, ensuring at least 10am of the pointy end is secure in the ground, leaving around 1cm between it and the root of the seedling.
  3. Cute a piece of twine approximately 10-15cm long
  4. Thread the twine first around the top third of the chopstick, and carefully around the vertically positioned seedling, ensuring these little babies will eventually grow into strong mama plants.

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As the plants grow taller, intertwine them alongside other vertically standing plants, trees, trellis or nearby walls.IMG_6898

Enjoy your cute little patch of whimsy goodness!

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Hollie