How do you make permanent plant labels?

Answered by Frank Schwing

Making permanent plant labels is a great way to keep track of your crops in the garden. It helps you remember what you’ve planted and where, especially as the season progresses and plants start to grow and look similar. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make permanent plant labels for your garden:

1. Gather your materials: To make permanent plant labels, you’ll need plant tags (which can be purchased at a garden supply store or made from materials like plastic or wood), a permanent marker, clear nail polish, and a flat surface for drying.

2. Prepare your plant tags: Before you start writing on your plant tags, make sure they are clean and dry. This will ensure that the marker adheres well to the surface. If necessary, wipe them down with a damp cloth and let them air dry.

3. Write on the plant tags: Using a permanent marker, write the names of the crops or varieties you’ll be planting on each tag. Be sure to write legibly and clearly so that you can easily read the labels later on. If you’re not confident in your handwriting, you can print out labels using a computer and stick them onto the plant tags.

4. Apply clear nail polish: Once you’ve written on all your plant tags, it’s time to protect the writing and make it waterproof. Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish over the written surface of each tag. This will prevent the ink from smudging or washing away when exposed to water or weather elements.

5. Let them dry: After applying the clear nail polish, place the plant tags on a flat surface to dry. Make sure they are spread out and not touching each other to avoid any smudging. Leave them overnight or until the nail polish is completely dry and hardened.

6. Sort and match with seed packets: The next day, gather your seed packets and sort them according to the crops you’ll be planting. Match each packet with its corresponding plant tag. This step will help you keep track of which plant is which variety and make planting easier.

7. Plant and label: As you plant each crop variety, insert the corresponding plant tag into the soil near the plant. Make sure the tag is securely placed, so it doesn’t get lost or damaged. Repeat this process for all the plants in your garden.

By following these steps, you’ll have permanent plant labels that will withstand the elements and help you stay organized throughout the gardening season. Having clear and visible labels will not only make it easier for you to identify your plants but also allow you to track their progress and make any necessary adjustments to your garden care routine. Happy gardening!