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DIY CREATIVE PLANT LABELS

With Spring in the air we are all pondering the Season ahead of us.  What exciting things can we do in our Gardens this year?!

Here are a few suggestions for fun, creative & durable ways to label your plants and vegetables.

◊ BAMBOO STAKE – PLANT LABELS

UNIQUE & SLEEK
by Timothy Tilghman, Untermyer Garden Conservancy

Bamboo Label 2

Bamboo Label

Materials you need:
Brother P-touch 9700PC label maker
HGe Laminated Extra Strength Adhesive Tape, #HGe-s151 (rated for outdoors and is UV resistant)
Bamboo Stakes, 1” thick
Hand held Angle grinder

Directions:
Apply the printed tape to cut lengths of 1″ bamboo. I use a hand held angle grinder to cut the bamboo and there is little to no splintering…smells nice too. This is fairly untested but I’m still optimistic. Let me know if you find any improvements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

◊ PAINTED ROCK – PLANT LABELS

COLORFUL & EASY

rock-thyme rock-kale2

Materials you need:
Smooth Rocks
Patio Paint (DecoArt)
Glass Paint Markers (or Sharpie)
Patio Paint clear coat outdoor sealer
Stencil Brush, Dauber or spouncer

Directions:
1.  Wash the rocks and dry them thoroughly. It may be necessary to let them sit for an hour or so as rocks are porous and can absorb water.

2.  Which rocks you use with depend on what you have growing in your garden. For example, you will need a longer or larger rock for “marjoram” than you will for “kale” as there are more letters to fit on the rock. You can use a piece of paper to map out what rocks will get what names.

3.  Paint the rocks in desired colors. For the longest life of your plant markers, it’s important to allow adequate drying time; allow at least 1 hour between coats. Some colors may need more coats than others in order to cover.

4.  Once your rocks are painted and dry, use a black paint pen or Sharpie marker to write the names of your plants on each rock.

5.  To decorate, use the handle end of a large craft paintbrush to dot on various spots in different colors. Use a smaller paintbrush handle to add smaller spots.

6.  Finally, use the tip of a pencil or a toothpick to add tiny white dots to the center of the larger dots. Allow the rocks to dry for 2-3 hours.

7.  Apply a clear coat and allow them to dry overnight.

 


 

◊ ANTIQUE METAL SPOON – HERB MARKERS

DECORATIVE & VINTAGE
These are made using letter stamps. Whilst these might take a little more effort to make, they add a decorative vintage look to your garden.

Metal Spoons herb-markers2 herb-markers Hammer

Materials you need:
Antique Silver spoons (found at thrift shops or antique sales)
36 Piece 1/8″ Letter Number Stamping Set
Wood
Rubber mallet or hammer
Permanent Black Marker

Directions:
1.   Place your spoon upside down between two pieces of wood and strike it hard with a rubber mallet. This will flatten the spoon. Note: The flatter the spoon, the better!

2.  Remove top piece of wood and continue hammering until you are happy with the shape of the spoon.

If you don’t have a rubber mallet, you can use a hammer – however the hammer will leave little scratches on the surface. Experiment and see if you like the look.

Get your 36 Piece 1/8″ Letter Number Stamping Set ready. You can buy this on Amazon.

3.  Decide where you want to place your word. We placed ours in the center of the spoon. Gather the letters from the stamping set. Start with the middle letter and strike down hard with your hammer. Repeat until you are done.


 

◊ FORK & CORK –  HERB MARKERS

ADORABLE & QUIRKY

Fork and Cork
DIYWineCorkPlantMarkers

Materials you need:
Forks (from any thrift store or Goodwill)
Woodburing Kit
Hammer
Twine
E6000 Adhesive
Chip Clip

Directions:
1.    Hammer forks to flatten prongs

2.    Use wood burner to write herb names on cork

3.    Press forks into corks

4.    Wrap twine around the top part of the fork handle. Use E6000 adhesive to secure.

Tip:  Use chip clip to hold twine in place until it dries.

5.    Add bow just above the wrapped twine!

Happy Gardening!

 

 

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“AWAKEN YOUR GARDEN”

Everyone has ITCHY FINGERS this time of year, so let’s discuss the fruitful way to start your Spring Gardening.

 

◊ GROOM YOUR TOOLS

Clean all soil, residue and rust from Garden tools. A wire brush works well for this task. For rust, soak in white vinegar for several hours to release.  Once clean, use old rag to wipe down with WD-40®.  Be sure to check the wooden handles. If the wood has splintered, give the handle a light sanding with sandpaper, then rub the wood with linseed oil.

Garden Tools
SHARPENING 
Pruners, Shears, Shovels, Spades and Hoes.

To sharpen the edges, put a bit of oil — either WD-40 or motor oil — on the blade. Then, with a handheld whet stone, file the blade at a 20-degree angle. You can also use a file or a motorized sharpener depending on the tool needing sharpening and the equipment that you have.

Tip: To ensure that you do not miss any part of the blade, use a dark marker to color the blade, and sharpen until all the color is gone.


◊ BULBS & TUBERS

Time to check your Dahlia Tubers!  For those who saved and stored year to year, check now for fleshiness or mold.  If they are in good shape, continue to store for another 6 weeks  –  until the threat of frost is gone.

Tubers

Tulips, Scylla, Daffodils and other Fall planted bulbs are waking up.  Head out into your gardens and enjoy the first signs of Spring!

Look out for the anchor heads and protect them from becoming a deer’s next meal.  At this time we recommend applying Milorganite and deer spray.  Deer spray can be applied by first mixing in a watering can, and evenly water mixture over bulbs at the point of dripping.

Bulb heads

 

◊ DEADWOOD PRUNE

Observe all of your Evergreens.  Prune to remove deadwood and crossing branches.  Avoid shaping at this time,  you don’t want to lose flower buds which are close to blooming.

Pruning

 

◊ DIVIDING PERENNIALS

As soon as the ground has thawed evaluate your perennials.  If they are too large and out growing your garden bed divide divide divide…..

Dig around the perimeter, lift out and divide to replant approximately 1/3 to 1/4 of the plant.  Amend the soil by adding compost, dehydrated cow manure and lightly fertilize with 14-14-14.  Remove any diseased areas and replant.  If you have a surplus, share with your fellow gardeners!

divide-daylily

 

Happy Gardening!

 

 

 

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