Plant Marker Labels and Row Markers

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About Garden Plant Marker Labels

Garden plant marker labels are a gardening essential. They allow us to identify the plants we are growing indoors in our seed trays. Outdoors, we use them as row markers to mark planting rows, especially for when planting seeds that take a long time to sprout. In addition, they are used to identify what was planted, and to identify individual varieties of plants. For example, the labels are perfect for identifying each of the often several varieties of tomato plants in your garden.  

Marker labels are made of wood or plastic. Wooden plant marker labels last one season, before being tossed into the compost pile. We often use plastic labels for just one season too. But, with almost no effort, you can use these labels over and over again for many years.

Plant Marker Labels

How to Re-Use Plastic Plant Marker Labels

If you plant the same plants each year, just reuse the marker. You may have to write over the faded name of the plant variety.

To re-use plastic markers for different plants:

  • Collect used plastic labels.

  • Wipe off loose dirt with a damp cloth.

  • Use a fine-grain sandpaper, to sand off the old name on the label.

  • Wipe the label again, with a clean, damp cloth.

  • The label is ready to use again!

Organic Plant Marker Labels and Row Markers

As gardeners, doing things organically and in an environmentally friendly manner comes naturally.  Here are some ideas on how to do so:

  • Use wooden plant marker labels.
  • Use tongue depressors. They are basically the same thing.
  • Save those wooden chopsticks you used with your Chinese lunch or dinner. They make great plant row markers.
  • Take sticks or small branches for use as a row marker.
  • Wooden popsicle sticks make good row markers, too.

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