I love plants in profusion, and this means that my garden often looks like a jungle rather than a well-groomed garden. My husband despairs of ever figuring out what plants are there on purpose. Since I also intentionally grow some medicinal weeds, I’m not really helping. This is where plant markers come in. Whether you’re creating a school garden, planting a row of peas, or want to coach the uninitiated through your own garden jungle, these recycled plant markers are quick and easy to make – and you don’t need to go to the craft store to get any extra supplies.
A Gallon of Markers, Please
This classic, simple, and easy plant marker is made from milk jugs cut into simple strips, then labeled with a pen or paint.
Chop Your Garden Into Rows
Tired of cutting milk jugs into bits? These markers made out of plastic knives come from your summer picnic cutlery, and they’re simple and waterproof as well.
Metal Cutlery Marks the Spot
If you like digging in the bins at yard sales, this is the perfect repurposed craft for you. These little spoons are so cute, and they’d last for years!
Your Garden’s Ajar
This one’s my favorite. I’m not overly crafty, and I forget what I’ve planted. Plus, it’s nice to keep all of the plant information around, especially when you’re growing a new variety. The solution? Put a repurposed glass jar over your seed packet. Instant plant marker!
Make Plant Names Stick With Clothespeg Markers
If you dry your laundry on the line, you likely have scores of clothespegs [or clothespins] hanging around. These pretty little plant markers are easy to clip on and off and move around.
Put a Lid on It
Those of you with thirsty families or a penchant for canning will love this marker craft, which incorporates metal jar lids: the ideal home for all of your juice jar lids or for reusing canning jar lids after you’ve opened the cans.
Not to Wine, But…
Have you considered using heirloom seeds? If you’re not sure how to harvest and store them for the next gardening season this book will help you:
If you’d like to get the kids involved, find some rocks and go forth with the paint or permanent markers. I’m partial to the rocks with pictures on them, since these are also easy for children to understand.
Markers With A Peel
Do you have a messy, twiggy garden and kids who like to whittle? This marker’s for you. Combine a twig with a pocket knife or potato peeler, add a permanent pen, and you have some lovely rustic twig markers for your garden.
Follow the Brown Brick Path
If you’re fixing up an old pathway, save those bricks. This craft is ideal for the larger garden that can accommodate a large, rustic garden marker.
Creating plant markers for your garden may just be a first step into adding some order into that vast jungle of yours – or at least telling others where you planted the chives. Do you use markers in your garden?