Since I am lucky enough to be featured on a local urban garden tour on Saturday, I have been spiffing things upon around the gardens here. Weed-pulling, plant staking- all those fun garden chores that seem to slip past me for weeks at a time!
One of the projects I tackled today that I'd be meaning to get to for a while is plant labels! I looked at buying plastic or wooden labels, those awesome pinterest spoons, event popsicle sticks, but the idea of purchasing something new to label plants for 3 months just seems a bit wasteful.
My mom was in town and we were brainstorming creative ways to re-use materials and also create plant labels are functional: Big enough to read, Eye-catching but not an eye-sore, and Tall enough so people don't have to squat down to see them! I'm pretty satisfied with what I ended up with, so I'll share the glory with you!
Seed Packets for reference
the internet, to look up latin names if necessary
Directions: (This is real easy, friends!)
- Sort through your seed packets and set out any that you planted in the garden this year on your table, essentially making a list.
- Flip all the lids white-side up and make sure they are clean and blemish free
- On the white-side of each lid write the plant type in large letters straight across the middle of the lid in permanent market
- Write the variety across the top of the lid, in smaller-sized writing. I chose to add quotation marks too.
- Write the latin name of the plant across the bottom of the lid, again in a smaller size
- Once you are finished with the entire pile of lids, get out your floral wire
- Bend each wire in half, leaving a sort of upside-down "U" shape at the top
- Flip all your lids over, careful to set them down so the text is aligned and straight
- Tape a bent floral wire piece to the back of each lid, and press the tape down around the wire so it's secure
Now label up those mystery plants!