|Yellow labels in egg carton seed starting trays|
In the past ten years I've tried all sorts of ideas for homemade markers. I've had lots of failures. There have been semi satisfactory successes. I still haven't found the ideal marking system. So I'm open to suggestions!
|Sticks painted yellow and red mark a planted row.|
I've also bought a number of markers that I wasn't happy with, for one reason or another. Some you could only use once, some became brittle in the sun, some required a special pencil, some got lost in the mulch, etc.
Over the years I tried making plastic markers. I've ut up milk bottles, bleach bottles, styrofoam trays, old vertical blinds. Most wouldn't take a pencil for labelling. I had to use a marking pen. I don't mind the idea of a marking pen, but the writing fades away, even with the so called permanent markers. It's really annoying to check your taro 6 months later and find that all the names have faded away when you thought you were using permanent ink.
|white tag made from styrofoam tray|
I've cut up aluminum cans, hoping to get something permanent for the orchard trees. But the metal oxidized quickly so that the writing became illegible. I even tried using an engraver to write the names with, but they also became unable to read in a few months. The vog here can get pretty bad
and it damages unprotected metals quickly.
Labels for trees I have made out of wood. I have painted the names on. Very time consuming. But they last and stay legible. But this is not something I'd want to do in the veggie garden.
|wood stakes with aluminum name tag on top|
Using wax pencil (aka- china pencil or china marker)
Using permanent markers
Using regular pens
Making plant markers out of clear-ish or white plastic (they get lost out in the garden rows)
Making them out of styrofoam (too light, they get blown away)
Metal cans - they oxidize or rust away
Popsicle sticks - the writing fades away in the weather
So it looks like I'm left with the yellow markers. I have been re-using them for quite awhile. At least I'm getting my money's worth out of them! To re-use, I simply erase the old name and rewrite on them. ...again and again and again.