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Sturdy Markers for Plants from the Thrift Store

By ViolaAnn
May 31, 2014

Are you tired of plastic markers breaking? I had often used sturdy plastic knives to mark plants, but they didn't last long in our cold climate. I suddenly thought of all the used flatware at my local thrift store. Stopped by there and came home with a whole bag of sturdy stainless knives which work well to label my small hostas. Use a marking pen designed for the garden and they should last awhile before they need redoing.

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Apr 16, 2015 8:16 AM CST
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Wichita, Ks. (Zone 6a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I loved this idea for using old dinner knives as plant markers but the local GW charged 60¢ each and I needed several dozen. I found a package of 36 knives with plain flat handles at Sam's Club for $13.86. .47mm label maker tape fits the handles perfectly.

So far the markers are serving a dual purpose, reminding me where I planted what seeds and keeping my 90 pound dog from rolling in the seedbeds. And the silver color blends into the background better than the plastic knives I used last year. Plus those plastic knives got brittle in the sun and broke into shards.
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