In the past, I plant my garden and think that I will definitely remember where I planted everything. And guess what? I would forget what kind of tomatoes are those? Or, are those cucumbers? Or a pumpkin? Maybe zucchini? Now, of course I figured it out eventually, but I annoyed myself always doing this!
So, this year I started making some garden markers! The materials needed are:
– paint, I used the acrylic in the bottle from the craft aisle
– a sharpie paint pen, same aisle as the paint
– paintbrush, just a 15 cent foam one
– clear coat paint (it’s with the spray paint)
– and garden stakes (like these from Lowe’s)
Step 1: I decided to color code my garden, but you might want yours all the same color! Whichever! Just paint the end of the stake and give them time to dry.
Step 2: I had already printed off the varieties that I wanted to put on the stakes. I used Lucinda handwriting on word. And any old printer will be fine. (Tip: if your printer isn’t working, you can always trace it off of the screen!)
Step 3: rub chalk all over the back of the paper on the word that you want to write. This will help transfer it onto the wooden marker.
Step 4: line up the chalk side on the wooden marker and trace the words using a pen or pencil. The words will be left for you to trace!
Step 5: use your paint pen to trace the letters. I’ve learned to make the paint longer than the word, so that the chalk is easy to see!
Step 6: after giving it a bit to dry, I take them outside and lightly clear coat them. (Since they will be in the elements all summer!) after that dries, they are ready for the garden!!
And there they are! I think they are absolutely beautiful!! Now I can easily see my peppers (blue markers), my tomato varieties (red markers) the bush beans (orange marker) and everything else!
Another great part is that I had almost everything here, except the stakes and paint pen! So, it was a cheap project! And, I love that it isn’t my own handwriting, because it is pretty sloppy!
Enjoy! And I hope that you have a great start to the growing season! Keep blooming! 🌱💚