On Your Mark(er)...

nancy_drew(5 nw chgo burbs)March 26, 2009

I've been obsessing lately... (so what else is new?)... searching for creative and inexpensive ways to mark my plants. I know that my mini-blind markers are not going to hold up for long, and being the good little Bohemian that I am... I don't want to spend a buck a piece for something that doesn't look attractive.

I thought of painting the plant name on pretty rocks, however, I have a future geologist on my hands...

What are you going to do? I know a lot of you don't mark at all... I'm not any good at remembering what I sowed yesterday, let alone what I planted last spring!! I'm afraid I'll be pulling out the good stuff if I don't mark it!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
token28001(zone7b NC)

I use mini blinds. Once they bloom, I will know what they are and remove them. I've started using laser printed labels that I cut to a smaller size. I can print 4-10 of these per label depending on the length of the name/info I put on them. I then cover them with scotch tape. I also use a DYMO printer, but it's more expensive and the tape doesn't go as far as I would like.

I hope this fall to put some sort of natural marker wherever there are plants in the garden. That way I won't dig them up over the winter like I did this year.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 10:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nancy_drew(5 nw chgo burbs)

Alrighty... we both know that the kids have to have name tags...

Here's what I have come up with so far... tell me what you think.

They have a 10# bag of concrete mix at Lowes. I was thinking of getting that and filling aluminum muffin tins with it... maybe half full. Then paint the cement muffins.... (like I haven't made THOSE before!)... label them and seal them with some concrete sealer we have left over from when we put in some new flooring.

Do you think it would work? I wonder how "natural" I can get them to look?

Here is a link that might be useful: Lowes concrete

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 12:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Nancy,i love that idea!
What are you going to use to mark them when they are dry?
I don't know how much work you want to put into them,or money,but there is a colorent you can add to the mix when wet.You could make them as natural looking as ytou like.
Please post some pictures if you do it.
Have fun.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 1:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kiddo_1(NE OH 5)

OK, this may sound really crazy (but this should not surprise anyone). My backyard butts up to a golf course so over the past 6 years I've collected lots of golf balls. (And baby, I mean LOTS). My thought was to buy 5# of big spike nails, epoxy glue one nail to one golf ball, put a number on the golf ball, shove it next to a plant, then record the number on a spreadsheet with all the data I want (sowed, planted out, gifter, botanical & common name - whatever). Those white (and colored) balls would be unobtrusive under the plants, yet would stand out so I could read the numbers. Eventually I'd learn the plants so I wouldn't have to refer to my printout so often. But what the heck -- when life gives ya golf balls - why not use 'em?

Of course it'll drive the golfers crazy seeing all those golf balls lying around in my yard.... LOL LOL


    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 8:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nancy_drew(5 nw chgo burbs)

Carol, I'm not completely sure about how I might label them. Maybe a paint pen, or a label maker label sealed on it. I was also thinking I might mix tempra paint powder in the cement mix. Michael, my hubby, has all kinds of goodies left over from his Scout Leader days that I can sort through.

How do you mark your plants?

Kiddo, the whole concept of winter sowing requires a bit of craziness! That's a great idea! My hubby would love your markers... my son might swing at them!!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 12:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Nancy, I like your muffin idea. If you want a more natural look, think back to sand candles. Pack a box with sand then scoop out a variety of shapes to pour the concrete in.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 9:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
proudgm_03(6 MO)

Or try the hypertufa forum. Mix up a batch and make them whatever shape you want them.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 11:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nancy_drew(5 nw chgo burbs)

omg.... what have you done, proudgm???

My father-in-law was part of a group of professional concrete workers who designed, and then created one of the very first 3D, concrete walls along a main street on the south side of Chicago. I'm pretty sure that wall goes for an entire city block!

It's times like this, I miss him the most...

So... now you come along and send me off on what could quickly turn into one more addiction, OCDC, mind reeling adventure...

You must have been channeling Dad... God bless him!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 1:02PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Where did everyone go?
I know lots of folks are on the FB WS group but where...
anybody have sprouts in jersey yet?
is anyone seeing sprouts in zones 5 &6? I put...
Do you remember the 'red border' someone posted a few years ago?
I loved it and would love to try some amaranths. I...
Help with sedum sprouts.
I posted on the succulent forum, but got no help. I...
docmom_gw Zone 5 MI
how long for annuals to sprout?
I moved and cannot find my records from last year....
ellenr22 - NJ - Zone 6b/7a
Sponsored Products
Indoor Area Rug: Rock Brown 5' 3" x 7' 5" Plush
Home Depot
Hammary Urbana Oval End Table
Beyond Stores
'Montana' Map Pillow
$39.99 | zulily
Island Bay 13 ft. Blue Lattice Quick Dry Hammock with Verona Stand - ALZ1137
$254.98 | Hayneedle
Swag Caribbean Gold 12-Light Chandelier without Shade
Freestanding Chrome Floor-mount Bathtub Filler with Handshower
Worthy Leather Corner Chair - Brighton Parrot Red
Joybird Furniture
Copeland Furniture | Monterey Bed with Storage + Upholstered Panel, King
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™