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Isn’t it hard to find good garden plant tags for your garden? You need them to last and you need them to be editable. With this idea, these are the last garden plant markers you’ll ever need! This is a great tip for beginning gardeners.
Over time, I have tried a lot of different things to mark our rows in the garden. Popsicle sticks disintegrate and leave my row without plant names. The little plant tags that come with the seedlings are great, but they are so small they get lost in the garden sprawl. I also have learned that the intense summer sun erases sharpie from any surface in just a few months.
Garden plant markers
There are tons of great plant tags available for sale. You can get all kinds of gorgeous creations! Sometimes those expenses can really add up. I love having cheap or free things to use in my garden. Click here to see a bunch of money-saving garden things.
I love making my own plant tags for our garden rows. I love for the kids to get to make them too. Here are some great ideas you can do with your kids or on your own. My kids LOVE making art for the garden. Making these would be super fun for your garden.
I love all the creativity and variety in these. I also love that they look great. What do you do when you don’t have time to make these for every row in a large garden, or you don’t have all the supplies to make them?
Plastic plant tags
My aunt Jodi told me about using old plastic mini blind slats for plant tags. I had a friend who had hers melt in the window during a super-hot summer, so I asked her if I could have it before she threw it away. The middle of her slats melted, but the ends were still straight. So plant tags they were.
Weatherproof plant markers DIY
The key to using these slats is writing on them with PENCIL. It never fades and won’t wash away. The only way to get it off is to erase it. Even after several years, you can erase the name and reuse the plant tag for something else.
Find an old blind someone is throwing away like I did. That way, you will be saving another bunch of plastic from going into the landfill. I see them by people’s dumpsters on trash day all the time. They get broken or old and stained over time? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
I like to cut my slats long, about 8-10 inches long so I can see them through all the green in the garden. This one is a little shorter, but it was handy at the time. Then, just label them and poke them down into the dirt.
They stand up great in all kinds of weather and never need to be replaced. I’ve been using the same ones for 6 years now. They are wide enough to write varieties, seed names, or whatever you want to record. I’m super happy with this system.
Now if I could just get myself to remember to tag everything, we’d be doing great. This tip has changed my gardening. What is your best tip for the garden? Check out these garden secrets you probably didn’t know.