The tape measure is fiddly, gets muddy and wet, and is one more thing to forget to bring out, one more thing to forget to take in at the end of the day.
Last year I got smart and made myself a measuring stick from bamboo, with the key measurements marked on it.
But now I feel totally stupid, because this year it occurred to me that I could just mark the measurements on my hoe, which I always have in the garden with me. In fact, it’s the first tool I need once I’ve marked out a bed, so to use it to measure the bed in the first place is logical. So logical, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!