Having to take a map with me anytime I wanted to know exactly what was where in the garden was getting a little old, so I wanted to label the plants. At the nursery, they had some garden labels you could buy for about $4.50 a pack, with what looked like about 20 in a pack. I have 100 squares in my garden… am I going to spend $25 just so I can label them all?!? Uh… no.
So I poked around for some other ideas. There are plenty of ideas around. Like cutting up an old mini blind. I didn’t have an old mini blind, so that was out. Or plastic forks or knives. Hey… I’ve got those. Not 100, but I had almost enough to label all the stuff I’d planted.
So I got them out, and found a piece of fine sandpaper, and a fine-tipped Sharpie. I sanded the handles of the forks until they were no longer shiny, wiped them with a paper towel, then wrote on them.
I carefully slid the forks into the front right corner of each square. For the squares around the sides, I put the forks in a couple of inches away from the side, being careful to try not to place them too close to a plant, or where I expected a plant to emerge.
Now I just have to see how well the Sharpie will hold up in the sun. I may need to get a paint pen or something.
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