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Quick and Easy Garden Markers

Magazine article Sunset

Quick and Easy Garden Markers

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Have you forgotten the name of the beautiful dahlia blooming in your garden? Did the seed packet identifying your yummy corn disintegrate before harvest? Easy-to-make laminated garden markers will last for seasons with a little care. They also function as a quick chronicle of planting times, fertilizer schedules, and harvest dates when you write on the back with a grease pencil.

To make them, all you need are seed packets or representative photographs from garden magazines or plant catalogs. Glue a picture onto a sheet of paper; write in the plant name if the picture isn't identified, and get it laminated at a copy shop. Attach your artwork to a bamboo stake to mark your favorite bulbs and flowers; use sturdy wood stakes to mark vegetables. Hanging labels work well for trees, shrubs, and roses.

TIME: 1 hour for 3 to 5 garden labels

COST. About $1 per label


Seed packets, or plant drawings or photographs

Colored or white construction paper

Marking pen or computer with printer

Glue stick


12-inch-tall wood or bamboo stake

Pruning shears

4-inch strip of hookand-loop (Velcro) fastener for wood stake

Hole punch

Leather shoelace, 6 to 8 inches

Grease pencil


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