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Creative Plant Labels

Tired of trying to read faded plastic labels or having them turn brittle and break into pieces? Try creating something new and longer lasting. 

My friend Walter Reeves shared this idea in his Month-by-Month Gardening in Georgia book.  He recommends purchasing a package of thin aluminum cookie sheets at the grocery store.  Cut the sheets into small 1 x 3 inch rectangular tags. Then etch the name of the plant on the tag with a ballpoint pen.

Or tap into the artist within.  Gather small rocks, seashells, broken clay pots or anything that can be painted.  Use permanent marker or plant friendly exterior paint to label your plants.  Try painting a picture of the plant, flower, or vegetable to make your plant labels both functional and attractive.

And gather discarded or old silverware purchased at yard sales.  Etch the name of the plant on the handle, blade or other flat surface.

A bit more information:  And, if you are looking for an eco-friendly plant label, check out the BioMarkers by Cobrahead.  These are made from recycled plastic and include weatherproof labels.

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