Doesn't my kitchen look happy with all the colorfully labeled dirt pods. After years of getting to the garden with mystery plants, I have taken my crusty old sailor friend's technique for my own. He has moved to Snug Harbor Retirement Village, so he won't know I am copying his ideas and I won't have to listen to him say, "I told you so!" In reality, I may send him a picture so he will know that his worst and best pupil has finally taken his advice about something.
The plan is to mark each plant, rather than each set, with something (paper clip, wire, or toothpicks). With the small, though permanently colored insert the coding remains with the seedling even if the big container is jostled or the seedling is moved to a larger pot or given as a gift. The master list is kept in a safe place. I thought I would enter it in my NoteTaker Farm book, but I haven't.
Last year, I seeded 12 varieties of tomatoes and 5 varieties of peppers. By the time the tomatoes and peppers were planted in the garden, I had only 9 varieties of tomatoes and 2 of peppers. I had inadvertently given away the entire seeding of a few varieties. This year I will know what I am planting.
Besides, the kitchen looks happy with all those little colored toothpicks and paper clips!