A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

A Homemade Life
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Who is online?
In total there is 1 user online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 1 Guest


Most users ever online was 112 on 8th October 2020, 7:09 am
Latest topics
» What are you harvesting today?
by freebird 22nd July 2021, 11:26 pm

» What's left of the July garden
by FloBear 20th July 2021, 2:12 pm

» Welcome guest
by Ploshkin 2nd July 2021, 7:14 am

» Artichokes
by Chilli-head 24th June 2021, 2:53 pm

» New Kiva loan
by Dandelion 11th June 2021, 5:18 pm

» Heat in the June garden at last !
by Ploshkin 5th June 2021, 7:22 pm

» whats on the menu
by freebird 3rd June 2021, 8:34 pm

» Fresh shoots in May
by Ploshkin 31st May 2021, 9:17 pm

» What arts and craft things have you been making lately?
by FloBear 23rd May 2021, 7:41 pm

» Peak planting in the April garden
by Chilli-head 4th May 2021, 8:26 am

» The gardener's yearbook
by Chilli-head 6th April 2021, 11:10 am

» Springing into action in the March garden
by Chilli-head 27th March 2021, 6:31 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by FloBear 11th March 2021, 7:17 pm

» A late start to the February garden
by Florence 1st March 2021, 12:43 pm

» Plant labels
by Dandelion 27th February 2021, 9:38 pm

» When we come out of the other side of this ...
by Florence 24th February 2021, 10:14 am

» My anti virus doesn't like this forum
by Florence 22nd February 2021, 2:29 pm

» The January quagmire
by freebird 27th January 2021, 2:47 pm

» The Christmas workshop
by Chilli-head 29th December 2020, 12:03 pm

» Anyone still gardening in December ?
by Dandelion 3rd December 2020, 9:53 pm

We have 260 registered users
The newest registered user is Steve Coles

Our users have posted a total of 47570 messages in 2397 subjects
Donate to our chosen Charity
Plant labels  Kiva10
Homemade Life forum supports Kiva micro-loans: supporting people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. You can donate here
Pages we like:

Plant labels  Hca_button

HML on FaceBook

Plant labels

5 posters

Go down

default Plant labels

Post by Chilli-head 25th February 2021, 8:43 pm

I'm struggling to remember where I found the tip, but today I received 200 medical tongue depressors. Like an outsize lollypop stick, they are made of biodegradable beech wood, are writable with a regular pencil, and cost 2p each. An easy and cheap way to avoid lost plastic on the plot And a great deal cheaper than any official garden product !
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 3189
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Plant labels

Post by freebird 26th February 2021, 8:52 am

I usually cut labels from waste materials I have to hand, though I admit, generally plastics. I did buy some of those solid plastic ones a couple of years ago, because I had a couple of pounds to use up on a voucher. I reuse, by wiping off the permanent marker with some hand sanitiser on tissue.

I have used wooden sticks (ice lolly sticks) in the past, but found they can go very dark and slimy and illegible when used longer term.

Posts : 2166
Join date : 2011-10-19
Age : 64
Location : Powys

Back to top Go down

default Re: Plant labels

Post by Ploshkin 27th February 2021, 10:13 am

I also cut up plastic containers for markers. I usually write in pencil on them then it rubs off and I can use them again. They go into the recycling or the boiler when they are finished with.

Posts : 1692
Join date : 2013-07-18
Location : Mid Wales

Back to top Go down

default Re: Plant labels

Post by Chilli-head 27th February 2021, 10:28 am

Suitable pens is another problem. I used to use overhead projector "permanent" pens, but these are somewhat out of fashion these days ! Black sharpies work, but any other colour fades in a lot less than a season. And any fibre tip does not like being baked in a hot shed. Wood can be written on in pencil, only some textured plastics take pencil, a lot of polythene bottles (which I used to use) are hard to mark. Which is a shame, as I have some 5L white plastic bottles to re-purpose - I have taken to buying liquid soap in bulk and re-filling the pump action bottles since the first lockdown soap crisis - I think on the whole it reduces plastic waste, and the soap is better !

I'm hoping the wood will be good for single year use then composting. That it hasn't had a lolipop on it may make it go mouldy less quickly Laughing
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 3189
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Plant labels

Post by Florence 27th February 2021, 11:02 am

White plastic labels scrub up at the end of the season if the sun has baked them into pieces. Don't think there's a cheap and enduring way of labelling rows of plants or tubs to be honest. Unless you grow the same things every year or just use a generic term (cabbage, runner beans) and keep the seed packets to know what you grew.

Posts : 47
Join date : 2021-02-22

Back to top Go down

default Re: Plant labels

Post by Dandelion 27th February 2021, 9:38 pm

I like the cheap tongue depressors too - the two things which appeal to me are that at the end of the season they go into the kindling pile for the log burner, and also because they are fairly wide, I can write on them with big letters. I have pretty bad eyesight (one eye long-sighted, the other short sighted) and if I'm in the garden without my glasses I can see what I'm doing! I wonder if wax crayon would work? I'll have to try it.

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posts : 5269
Join date : 2010-01-17
Age : 64
Location : Ledbury, Herefordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Plant labels

Post by Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum