At this time of year, with a couple of flats of tiny seedlings, one has the need for a fist full of plant markers.
Not liking to buy them when making them is simple, I’ve tried several variations – most of which haven’t held up well. Toothpicks with the plant name taped around the stem, popsicle sticks, strips of milk carton. After a couple of weeks in the greenhouse they deteriorated to the point of illegibility.
This year, as I was in the act of tossing a plastic lettuce container into the recycling, it occurred to me that it could be reused in a different way…
These sorts of plastic food containers, ones that have a decent flat surface area – berry containers, spinach and leaf lettuce containers, are perfect for making a few dozen plant markers. The number of course is dependent on how large the container is and how much of the container is flat enough to be usable. If the container doesn’t have enough blank space, soak the stickers off.
With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the flat portions of the container. Cut this bit into strips ~1cm wide.
Cut the strips into 2-3 inch pieces or whatever length is desirable.
Snip the bottoms of the markers into points:
Use a fine tipped permanent marker to write the plant names onto each marker.
Stick the newly minted markers into your planted cells or store them in a useful container for future use.