During non-rainy moments here in Portland, I dart into my backyard and dig. I find that digging holes and doing other heavy garden work is the quickest way to clear my mind. (I find myself saying to my kids, "excuse me, but I gotta go dig a hole now." I think they're getting the subtext because they usually get meaningful looks on their faces and shoo me out the door.)
I've also been hatching plans for my vegetable garden. While it's still cold and the planter boxes are empty except for a few tiny pea shoots, I'm putting the kids to work making plant tags.
I asked for guidance from Parenthackers on Twitter and Facebook, and a bounty of creative suggestions came back:
This one is made out of craft wire and empty aluminum cans.
I love these glass-and-twig garden markers (click through for a free picture label download).
This Martha Stewart project hones twigs into garden markers using a vegetable peeler.
This is more than enough to get us started! And perhaps to inspire you to plant a few vegies yourself?