Friday, February 5, 2010
Homemade Plant Tags - A Fun Winter Project
I received an e-mail a few days ago from a clever local gardener - Frank Mosher - who has devised a simple method for making homemade plant tags. As you can see from his photograph, these are metal tags constructed from empty pop cans.
Frank has a lot of fruit trees, as well as hybrid roses and climbers. He likes to keep them labelled, but the wooden tags with wire that you can buy at local garden centers is very expensive and as he mentioned, they quickly fade, leaving you scratching your head over which plant is which!
Therefore, Frank has taken matters into his own hands and created these handy and long-lasting tags. His instructions for creating these are as follows:
All you need are some simple tools (shown above) and empty beer or pop cans. First, cut out the tags in whatever size that you wish. Punch out a small hole at one end and insert a piece of wire.
To label the tag - Place the tag on a piece of cardboard and inscribe it with a sharp ballpoint pen with whatever info you want recorded - species, year planted and such. Since the information on the tag will be raised, it can't be washed away in the rain.
Frank also notes that he finds the tags to be effective in scaring deer because of their light reflecting properties and tinny noise in the wind - something that really interests me, since our garden is located on a deer superhighway!
Anyway, thanks so much to Frank for sending this to me and I hope other gardeners will find it helpful!