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Any cute or creative ideas for plant/row markers?

I'm starting a 20x20 plot at the community garden and I want something bigger and sturdy. People are constantly asking, "What's this and that?"

My plot is on the edge, near the gate...so I get a lot of great conversation


Here she is: I found some amazing Aztec/Inca? Marigolds, which are a foot tall! I lined the front edge to help define the border.

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Do you mean just something until the seeds sprout? I use popsicle sticks at the beginning and end of each row and I just write what it is on them. By the end of the season they are usually gone, composted into the ground.

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Smooth river rocks and a sharpie. Soooooooooo pretty.

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Hmmm... rocks and a sharpie, I think I have a new idea.

A neat one I've seen that I'm hoping/planning to play with is one I found in Mary Jane's Magazine...
If you have a smooth-edged can opener? Save the tops of your tin cans. Then using a nail and mallet, tap out the word on the lid. Then stick the lid on a string and hang from a plant or whatever other method floats your boat.

But I still take a quick photo, sketch out what varieties I put where, and post on my blog so I have something to compare to in the future when the kids and plant death do funky things.

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Smooth river rocks and a sharpie. Soooooooooo pretty.
That could work, but I think I need boulders. Something my two year old can't rearrange!!! He neatly lined up all my tomato popsicle stick markers in a nice row over by the swiss chard, so we are growing tomato surprise this year, LOL...

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Well, this might not help, but I had just pruned my pussy-willow back and used some of the discarded twigs as markers, just so I knew where the rows were. It turns out that pussy-willows really sprout and grow well that way! So I have new bushes growing that I already have homes for, at my friend's house and my mom's.

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The river rocks/sharpie idea is perfect. I'm going to try making one later today, to see how it looks.

I have some stone sealer, which will make the rock shiny and wet-looking.

I'm excited! Thank you
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plastic knives with sharpie written stuck deep enough that the kids can't move around.
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Hmmm... rocks and a sharpie, I think I have a new idea.

A neat one I've seen that I'm hoping/planning to play with is one I found in Mary Jane's Magazine...
If you have a smooth-edged can opener? Save the tops of your tin cans. Then using a nail and mallet, tap out the word on the lid. Then stick the lid on a string and hang from a plant or whatever other method floats your boat.

But I still take a quick photo, sketch out what varieties I put where, and post on my blog so I have something to compare to in the future when the kids and plant death do funky things.
I LOVE this!!

Some friends and I are going to be planting several gardens around town, so I am going to have to find an efficient, yet aesthetically pleasing, way to mark the plots. This could work well...and it's a great way to recycle those lids. My mom got me this silly auto can opener that makes smooth edges, so I am going to try and hold back from opening all those cans of garbanzos I bought the other day....

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I *love* the aluminum can markers that this woman blogged about: http://www.littlehouseinthesuburbs.c...t-markers.html

But this year I'll just be happy with most of my plants thriving!

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It's election time around here so there are a bunch of campain signs out.. that's where my idea is getting it's base....

get a campaign sign and somehow get that lettering off, maybe sanding??? if it's an old one they fade don't they??? then use some sort of sharpie or use paint that would last outdoors and draw a map of the garden and lable the map. That way you don't have to worry about the little plant markers getting moved around.
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