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.


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

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.












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

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.




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
Rubber mallet or hammer
Permanent Black Marker

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 and Cork

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

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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