So now that I’ve got some nice garden beds going and some plants in the ground I need a better way to label them. Temporarily, I just put the plant markers and seed packets in the soil so I don’t loose their spots while I make something better. But those seed packets are waterproof and started to fall apart at the garden’s first watering. I looked online and realized there are lots of fancy garden markers out there. But since my garden is along my garage (and I’m generally not that fancy) I didn’t see any reason to buy something that cost more than the plants. So, I realized I needed to make something.
What is durable, customizable and cheap? I was looking around my garage and came up with paint stir-sticks. A little paint, and viola, garden markers!
- Paint sticks – 1 for each type of veggie/fruit in garden
- Sand paper
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Permanent Marker
- Inspect sticks for splinters or other defects. Lightly sand down any problem spots
- Paint sticks. You may need more than one coat.
- Let sticks dry
- With permanent marker, write names of plants. I practiced on paper first to see what kind of writing I liked best
- If ground is hard, push a trowel straight down into the soil to give the stick some space. Push in stick and press soil around it.
There are lots of options for garden markers. What have you done?