For several years, I have wanted to add name tags to my herbs in the garden. I wanted them so my family can learn what the herbs are and also because sometimes I get specialized herbs... and I forget what they are. :)
I have had different ideas.. and have seen things on Pinterest, but nothing looked like something I wanted to do either because of time and effort required... or the expense.
Recently, I decided to tackle this project, using an old mini blind shade. This is one we are not going to use again... and rather than throw it away, I decided to use it.
You can see at the bottom that I have cut the strings... the bottom section was cleaner. I took out 3 of the slats.
Here are the 3 slats... and I have started cutting them up. I wasn't sure how I wanted to do this, so some experimenting happened.
I have been surprised how handy this set of jewelry tools has been for me... I bought them on sale for about $10.00 new... and I have been so glad to have them. :)
I also decided to use some heavier wire... this is #18 gauge galvanized utility wire. I had bought a pound of it at a garage sale and it seemed perfect for this task.
The one on the right is my first attempt at making this... and I think the rest are definitely improvements. :)
On the first one I did, I used the backside of the slat so that it was scooped... that is the comfrey tag.
On the echinacea tag, I turned it so that the rounded part is what I write on... and I like it a lot better this way.
Step 1: Using scissors, cut slat piece to about 3".
Step 2: Cut the corners off
Step 3: Use hole punch to punch 2 holes at each end, as shown.
Step 4: Using a black permanent marker (A Sharpie works great), draw a simple border.
Step 5: Write the name of the plant
Step 6: Using wire cutters, cut 18 gauge wire to about 15" length.
Step 7: Bend wire at 6" (90 degree angle)
Step 8: Make another 90 degree bend in the wire.... measure by looking at one of your slat/tags.
Step 9: Starting with long end, feed it into the tag... from the BACK of the tag. Do the same with the short end, when you get to that point.
Step 11: Twist wire. This can be done with your fingers or pliers.
I like it this way so that a person who is standing in the garden can read it without having to bend down.
That's it... since the wire is quite stiff... it pushes into the garden quite well... it will bend, so push carefully.
As the patch of herbs grows, it will be easy to move the tag, if necessary.
I have 2 kinds of thyme, so I am glad to label them both.
I actually have 3 or 4 stands of yarrow around the yard... I'm not sure if I will label all of them or not. We'll see.
I also have basil in 2 places... this is the newest area... just transplanted a couple of days ago from another larger planting in the garden.
I hope to get some different lavenders also... I am thinking I will probably name the kind of lavender on the tag.. and maybe even the hardiness rating, so I know if I need to overwinter it in the house or not.
The comfrey is new this year from a friend... I use a lot of comfrey, so I am excited to have it in my garden. :)
I don't know how long these will last... maybe only one season, maybe 2 or more, but I am so thankful to have the labels started.
Eventually, I would like to make these tags for rows of carrots, beets, radishes, peas and other veggies. It would be helpful to mark the rows until the plants come up. I would plan to take them in and re-use them the next year.
I love going to professional gardens that have their plants labeled.. that has helped me to identify some of my plants. What a treat to have my own labels now.
Thank you for visiting... I hope you found this information helpful.
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