Whenever I buy a new plant I always tell myself that I will keep the plant marker that came with the plant. Eventually the plant marker gets lost and replacing them can be expensive if you have a lot of plants. I've taken to making my own garden plant markers out of various things I find around the house and keeping them out of landfills if only for a short while.
I was reminded of just how resourceful gardeners are when I took a tour of the Ginkgo Organic Community Garden in Uptown this weekend. The image above is of a garden marker made out of an wooden plank.
Feeling inspired, I set out to make plant markers for various seedlings and plants that I have or am growing but have no plant labels for. I turned to three frugal gardening ideas that gardeners have used for a while.
I made garden plant markers out of an old venetian blind (left), a wooden Popsicle stick(right) and out of a plastic fountain drink cup I cut into strips (center). This was the first time I made one out a plastic cup, the usual plastic item that is recommended to make plant markers out of is the sides of empty milk jugs. I had no empty milk jug around but I do have TONS of these plastic cups I pick up at every visit to a fast food joint.