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My Garden Plant Markers

Updated on November 8, 2013

Garden Markers Will Help You Keep Your Garden Organized

If you have a big garden you probably know that forgetting where you planted something isn't all that hard. Garden markers make things a lot easier and we always had them in our garden. They weren't very aesthetically pleasing though as we usually just used the seed packaging and a twig to put the packaging onto.

Yesterday, when I was visiting a friend I saw he had the most adorable garden markers made out of stone and with vegetables drawings on them and it didn't take me long to realize this was exactly what our garden needed. It's a fun and easy idea and it livens up the garden greatly.

What you need to make unique garden plant markers and how to make them

One rock, two rock, the rock, four...

The most important thing you need to make these cute garden plant markers are rocks. Take a walk and keep your eyes wide open. Rocks are everywhere! When you find a few just the right size (for you) grab them. No promises people won't look at you funnily when you will be carrying a bunch of rocks.

Next thing you need are some waterproof colors or regular colors and good varnish. I used acrylic colors, so there's no need to protect the rocks with varnish (although varnish does give that additional shine). You will also need a brush.

When you have all of your supplies ready and have gathered all of the rocks you are ready. Wash the rocks before you paint them and let them dry. Apply a base color (I choose light blue). Naturally you can just draw the vegetables directly on the rock, without the base color.

If you are good at freehand painting just draw the veggies with the brush, if not you can make a stencil with a pen first.

Let the color dry. All done.

If you would take a look at my crafting supplies you would see I have a ton of different colors! I get as many as I can so I can draw anything I want any time I want to.

When buying colors I try to stick to known brands as this way there's no fear (well less fear) for the color to be discontinued and if there's a project I want to do again in the future and wish to get the same colors I have the chance to do so.

My Garden Markers - Radish, Lettuce, Peppers, Tomatoes, Carrots

This is the first batch! I still need to make some for beans, cucumbers, pumpkins and various herbs.

See Them In Action - Radish and Carrot - Side by Side

Truth to be told it might be vice-versa as we forgot to add tags when we planted carrots and radish and we believe this is the way they are. Well we will see soon enough. It looks great in any way.

Something For The Herb Garden - Perfect Markers

I will probably be doing the markers myself, and I really need them for herbs as whenever I send my partner to grab me a herb he always complains he doesn't know what's what and I always have to get them myself.

What kids of garden markers do you use?

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    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I have used plastic markers with permanent ink on them which still fades in time. I love this very cute and artistic idea of painting my own markers on rocks! Don't know why I haven't thought of this before as I love rocks and do collect them. I wonder if coating the rocks with Gesso first would help the acrylic paint to last longer on the rocks? Just a thought. :)

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I don't have a vegetable garden so I don't need any markers, but if I did, I would make these. Such a great idea!