Gardeners gifts. Markers for plants
There are useful accessory numbers for the garden that become potential gifts to gardeners, amateurs or not, passionate or not, and even for those who are thinking of starting to get excited with the practice of gardening in any of its facets.
We are talking about growing pots, complements, small details that can help us in this great task: start the cultivation of plants in our house, patio or garden. There are many examples and today I decided to start with one of those accessories that play so much: the markers for plants.
Among all the models and materials of markers that we can find in the market, I have selected some examples, some in slate and others in plastic, always ready to remind us the name of the plant, with name and surname if we want it; indicate the relevant dates to control the crop; the color of the flower that will give us; or any detail that serves to refresh our gardening memory. If that marker is beautiful, fantastic. If it is practical, much better. Anyway, with a good presentation, you can always become a gift with personality. Mark the difference.
Here are the 10 ideas that will give a cool touch to your garden.
1.- Painted boulders.
A good excuse to organize an excursion to look for them and to spend an unpleasant afternoon painting them. You can do it with special markers or a brush. Let your imagination fly and do not limit yourself to putting the man of each plant. Then, you can apply a coat of clear varnish on the outside to prevent it from being quickly worn out by rain, sun, and air. If you have kids, they will love working on the task.
2.- Pyrographed pine bark.
In any store dedicated to gardening or nursery, you will find bags of pine bark. It is usually used to signal edges, mark roads or delineate separations. Buy which are large pieces, it’s cheap and with a small bag will suffice. Choose the most beautiful pieces, and with a pen or marker write the name or drawing of each marker. Then, with a pyrograph, he works the drawing. And ready! Now you can pose on the part of the garden you want so that anyone can identify the plants when reading the marker.
3.- Ice cream sticks of slate paint.
In craft shops and kitchenware, you can find sticks for ice cream or popsicles. They are perfect to use as markers of plants for the garden. They occupy little and are very practical. Although you can use them in different ways, we suggest you give them a coat of slate paint. Then you can chalk the name of each plant. Leave unpainted half of the stick that will be stuck in the ground, so you will save half the paint. You will also find it more comfortable when painting it because you can give it a quick hand and let it dry nailed to a white cork or a pot of peat.
4.- White clay seals.
White clay is very economical. You can work it to form a seal or medallion and before it dries, with a pen, a skewer rod or even with a stick, record the name or drawing you want to give it. You can use it as is or give it a coat of colored paint and another of varnish on top.
5.- Wine Corks.
If you usually drink wine, keep the corks, which are great for use as plant markers. You can pyrograph them, paint them the desired name or even burn them. Then, you can pierce them on rods for skewers nailing these in the earth, which are at the perfect height, so that they can be read well but not too high.
6.- Signs of painted wood.
You can go through a carpentry to see if you have cuts, very small pieces that do not work and that you can sell at low cost or give away. Or you can go to a DIY store and buy a fine board and a hacksaw to cut it as a sign, flower or the one you like the most. Then, paint it to your liking and once it dries, apply a layer of clear varnish for outdoors.
7.- Lacquered clay medallions.
Use mud, the clay tile of all life, and prepare as many medallions as you want markers. You can use a net or a crochet cloth and a roller to highlight it and make it more beautiful. Once dry, apply the spray color lacquer that you like. You only have to use a special paint or marker to put your name on it.
8.- Filled glass bottles.
Store glass bottles of soda or water, transparent white glass. Write on colored paper the name of the plant you want, rolled up so that you can put it in the bottle but read the writing once entered. Fill the bottle with gravel so that the paper does not move from its place and is stuck to the inside wall of the bottle. Put the bottle lying on the part of the garden you want to sign, half embedded in the ground. But be careful, remember that it must be a zone of perpetual shade. And is that the sun could heat the glass and cause a fire.
9.- Wire, thread and felt rings.
With a wire form hoops of similar size, cut them with a pair of pliers and close them so that they do not open. Now, with threads or thin strings of colors, surround it to line it, with other colored threads and a thick needle, form a kind of spider web that covers the inside of the ring. Use felt and draw on it initials or even the full name of each plant. Cut it out and overlay it with the wire mesh, either sewing it or using fabric glue. With glue and a stick, make a foot in the back that is the one that would go inside the earth so that only the marker remains on the surface.
10.- Painted earthenware.
Take advantage if you have broken a large plate or have some coffee cups that you no longer want to save. Paint them with a suitable painting simply by giving the name to the markers, or by adding a drawing around them. And you can use them in your garden or garden as plant markers.