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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 7:51 PM CST
I am so forgetful! That is why I call what I have a "Garden of Noids". I have always been so bad with names and plants are not left out of my weakness. I can interpret Latin in some medical terms but the plant world is almost a foreign language to me. I would like to place plant markers in my garden and start identifying my plants. I want it to look good, be permanent of course, so that the writing won't fade. An arboretum comes to mind/ Where can I find such a thing in the 100's for a reasonable price?
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KentPfeiffer
Sep 1, 2013 7:59 PM CST

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The Greenhouse Megastore sells decent metal markers for less than $0.50 each if you buy them in boxes of 120.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 8:04 PM CST
Thank, Ken. I will check them out. They are online, right, not in Nebraska?
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KentPfeiffer
Sep 1, 2013 8:11 PM CST

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Sure, I forgot the link. Sorry about that.

http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/metal-garden-stak...
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 1, 2013 8:32 PM CST
I got mine from Everlast label in PawPaw, Mi. I use a paint pen to mark with.

http://everlastlabel.com/
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 8:34 PM CST
I wish I could find fancy ones, that hang like a little flag/banner on a pole.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 8:36 PM CST
Yessss! Arlene! Everlast has the flag ones! Thaaaaaaanks! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 1, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Oh, sorry. That would probably be very expensive if you have a lot of plants to mark. I don't know of any like that, sorry!
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abhege
Sep 1, 2013 8:38 PM CST
Ha! Cross posted! I had no idea they had them! So happy you found them! Is it "H?" Oh, I see, "D?"
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 8:42 PM CST
32ยข each is not bad at all, Arlene!
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 1, 2013 8:45 PM CST
Woo Hoo!!!!
Name: James
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JWWC
Sep 1, 2013 9:35 PM CST
Cheryl I also use Everlast labels. However I've been marking mine with labels printed on a brother label maker. You mentioned wanting them to be permenantly - I have had some of them in the yard for 3 seasons now and they are as clear as ever.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 9:38 PM CST
JWWC, I have a Brother Label Maker and thought about using it. What type of label-paper do you use to have it last so long?
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2013 10:03 PM CST
Whaaaaaat?! Everlast has FREE shipping?! Whooo Hooooo! Hurray!
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CindiKS
Sep 1, 2013 11:15 PM CST
The TZ Brother tape lasts at least 10 years in my wretched climate. you can find deals on tape on Amazon and Ebay once in a while. I can buy locally at Office Max, too. I don't even buy the super strong tape. If you get the clear labels, they look the neatest, but I always have a white roll on hand in case I need to put a label on top of another label. You can remove the labels by blowing a hair dryer on them for a bit, but i find it easier and faster to just cover up an old label. One year I bought pink metal tags and the bright pink labels with white printing. It's kind of gaudy, but I like it.
This company: http://www.metalgardenmarkers.com/ sells colorful markers. They used to be called Eon markers, and I like them more than Everlast because the edges are rounded and don't cut your fingers.
Kincaid makes stainless steel markers that really look classy but they cost twice as much. They do hold up better when you run over them with the lawnmower. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 2, 2013 6:07 AM CST
JWWC, I have a Brother label maker but I don't think i can print stacked, at least I don't know how.

I started putting labels on my markers this year and I really like it because it is so neat and my handwriting can be wretched at times.

Is there a trick to not wasting so much tape when you cut the label though?
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jvdubb
Sep 2, 2013 6:17 AM CST
Darn, this thread just reminded me I was supposed to put labels together last night! I got mine from Everlast.

I do have a problem with them fading over the years. I'm going to have to get a label maker!'
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JWWC
Sep 2, 2013 7:20 AM CST
Any of the laminated tapes should hold up (at least according to the Brother website) outdoors.

I used the software they included with the label maker to print the one I showed (only because I wanted to have different sizes of font) on their 0.94 inch tape. Not all of their labelers will take that size tape. I learned this the hard way by not paying attention and buying one that didn't. I began looking when I decided I wanted to redo all the labels on the plants I am keeping and moving with me to include some additional information.

Using the label maker you should be able to just hit 'enter' and do a carriage return to start a new line of text. You will likely need to decrease the font size in order to have it fit on the label. If the font size is too large it will simply refuse to print.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 2, 2013 9:30 AM CST
I also use the metal tags and clear labels printed by my Brothers P-Touch. The only way I have found to eliminate the approximate 1/2" waste when printing individual labels is to run my labels as one long string, putting about 2-3 hard spaces between names and then hand cutting them. This works well for one line and if you use the clear tape - I think it would look a bit strange using white tape as all the labels end up being different sizes. I mostly only label my herbs, both for my use and for others when walking through my labyrinth, and I just label with the common name. Sometimes I do want a second line, in which case I run that as a second label (again running several together) and just position it slightly below the name label. That way it is easy to have the name be a large bold font and the descriptor a smaller font.

My tags and labels have been in use for about 4 years and remain very clear. The only problem I have is occasional weed-wack damage to those I have placed a bit too close to the garden edge and send flying. That usually just twists the legs and bit, and is easy to rectify.

I also like to push in the legs quite a bit so they remain fairly unobtrusive.

I don't label my flower beds, I keep track of those by way of a database similar to the List option here, which then has much more complete information as well as location(s) in my beds and when/where I purchased the plant.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 2, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Thumbs up deb, that is what I have been doing for multiple labels, just wondered if there was a better way! I use the white tape because y son gave me his label maker and that is the tape he had already purchased. When I buy new I think I will go with the clear.

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