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Inexpensive Plant Markers

By beckygardener
July 25, 2015

Need an inexpensive plant marker? This marker is cheap to make and almost invisible, too!

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Jul 24, 2015 6:52 PM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
If you prefer to see the plant name all the time instead of pulling it up when you need to check .... just flip the knife end up and stick the handle in the ground. Problem solved! Big Grin

The darker, brighter the puffy paint you use, the more visible it is! Glow in the dark colors would allow you to see it at night!!! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Think out side of the box to make it your own idea ... or just try mine!

Happy Gardening!

~Becky~
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 24, 2015 8:12 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Is the Puffy Paint also available at Walmart? Love your idea.

I only planted my dahlias in early June and the signs are fading so much already. Glad I made a map while I could still read the names!
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Jul 24, 2015 10:12 PM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
Arlene - At my local Walmart, they DO indeed carry the single bottles of Puffy Paint in all colors! Thumbs up
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 25, 2015 5:28 AM CST

This may be my back up if I don't find another set of used Venetian blinds!
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Jul 25, 2015 6:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
Pamkenn - See my post: http://garden.org/thread/view_... I tried using blinds myself, but they didn't last very long for me here in Florida.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 25, 2015 7:06 AM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
I think the total cost to make 48+ knife markers was about $3.50. The knives were about 2.50 a box and 1 small bottle of Puffy Paint was a $1 at Walmart.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 25, 2015 7:18 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks, Becky. I think I'll splurge on three bottles of the paint to distinguish my tall, medium and short dahlias so I can plan in advance (while the snow falls up here).
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Jul 25, 2015 7:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 25, 2015 7:58 AM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Composter
Seed Starter Annuals Herbs Canning and food preservation Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
I've not tried the clear plastic knives, but for a number of years I marked my small plants with white plastic knives. The problem is that in our zone 5a climate, they will break after a couple of winters. Of late, I've been using thrift store stainless steel knives and they work well. Because they reflect their surroundings, they are also nearly invisible.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/G...
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Jul 25, 2015 8:00 AM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
Sounds like an excellent idea, Ann! Thanks for sharing it! Hurray! Thumbs up
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 25, 2015 8:24 AM CST
Name: Peggy C
Graham NC USA (Zone 7b)
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Bee Lover Region: North Carolina Native Plants and Wildflowers Irises Dragonflies Clematis
Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs Butterflies Birds Zinnias
With eleven different varieties of Iris, I marked them this year. Used chopsticks - put the # on them according to when they bloomed. Still good and not faded.
Live like every day as it is your last because one day -- it will be.
(if I can find who said this, I'll credit that dear Soul -- wasn't me, but it makes a lot of sense)

This isn't a dress-rehearsal ~
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Jul 25, 2015 8:32 AM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
Wooden chopsticks?
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Jul 25, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
Pamkenn said:This may be my back up if I don't find another set of used Venetian blinds!

Why used blinds? I bought a set of mini blinds for about $4.00 at Walmart and it made about 700 - 6 inch tags. You can get much more economical than that. I usually cut them in half lengthwise which would give about 1400 tags.
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