Team Label, or Not?: No Label - maps!

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Team Label, or Not?

By Trish
August 21, 2011

Today's "Team" article addresses plant labels. We've seen gardens full of labels, and gardens with not one in sight. Which team do you fall into?

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Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Blanchard Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Oklahoma Region: Texas Irises Hummingbirder Plant and/or Seed Trader
Dog Lover Garden Art Daylilies Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Aug 21, 2011 4:12 PM CST
I am team map... I draw very detailed maps and have the gardens laid out - then I cna find what I need but no need to have labels everywhere!
Mitch Fitzgerald

Name: Tami Smith
Naylor, GA (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Clematis Garden Art Region: United States of America Bulbs
Aug 23, 2011 1:53 AM CST
I label my plants. Now since my neighbors chickens like to come over and steal the tags I also map. :lol:

Edited to change still to steal. Lol
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Plant Identifier Region: Nebraska Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Irises Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Aug 23, 2011 3:38 PM CST

Plants Admin

Since I don't care for labels, I make maps. Microsoft Excel is a great program for creating maps, especially if the plants are in rows or can be represented on a regular grid. Here is a map of one of my iris beds:

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The color coding allows me to easily keep track of many things like which ones aren't growing well (yellow), which ones are growing well but didn't bloom (orange), which were divided this year (green bar), etc. The possibilities are almost endless.

Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
Aug 23, 2011 7:33 PM CST Admin

Very Cool, Kent!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.

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