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Waterproof garden labels - an awesome way to not lose track of your garden plantings

 
Gary Lewis
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Hi all

I have been experimenting with a number of ways to label things in my garden. I already use a Homestead Planner to recored what a plant and when, which has proved to be so valuable to me each year to see what worked and what to avoid. I also use it to work out plant rotation etc.

My daughter and I had made some great rock garden bed signs which were cute and a fun project for us to do togethe...but my scientific mind needed something that I could have all the data I like to keep right there in the garden!

So I have come on the answer - waterproof paper labels. These are just fantastic - you write on them with a pencil, they survive rain, and hose watering, and you can add to them as you go...and you can even write on them when they are wet!

Here is some more information about them

http://www.almostafarmer.com/waterproof-garden-labels/

These are just wonderful - and I know they will really help understand (ok...its more like 'remember') what I am doing in my gardens!

Gaz
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I do a 'cheap and dirty' version with Venetian blind slats or cut up icecream containers poked in the ground.
I'm a 6b pencil girl-my vision sucks and I don't want to squint hopelessly more than I have to!
 
Gary Lewis
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Leila Rich wrote:I do a 'cheap and dirty' version with Venetian blind slats or cut up icecream containers poked in the ground.
I'm a 6b pencil girl-my vision sucks and I don't want to squint hopelessly more than I have to!


I've tried those as well They worked really well as long as I used a non-water based ink (like a laundry marker).

6b! Wow...I wish I could get my hands on those!

Gaz
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C Gallas
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If you have an inkjet printer, just print out your seed order (Fedco usually sends a nice list on email) on regular paper. Take clear packing tape and cover the paper on both side, cut out the titles and attached to bamboo skewers - cost you about $1 for your whole garden.
 
chris spaugh
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I use my old canning lids and a set of punches from harbor freight. Punch the name of the veggie, plant, tree or whatever, poke a hole in it hang it from a piece of wire or bailing string. Guaranteed not to wash off or fade, problems I have had with sharpies and blinds. An added plus is they swing in the wind and are shiny which spooks some of the foraging critters.
 
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Gary Lewis wrote:
Leila Rich wrote:I'm a 6b pencil girl

I used a non-water based ink (like a laundry marker)

I've tried out loads of markers on blinds/plastic, and I find pencil much more resistant to fading.
But pencil shows up much better on the metal Venetians than plastics
As a bonus, you can actually rub out stuff with an eraser
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