Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
One of my biggest issues in the winter is that once my perennials die back for the winter, I can't tell where everything is. This becomes a problem if I want to plant something in the early spring. Now I know labels are the simple answer, but I don't like the looks of them -- and the really nice ones that last for years are expensive. So I have found a simple answer to my problem: I make my own, using rocks. The Master Gardener Project Manager for Memorial Gardens used this idea for that project, and it's brilliant.
Flat rocks (2 rocks per label), Gorilla Glue, Label Gun using plastic labels, and clear polyurethane paint (spray or can)
1. The first step is to find 2 flat rocks,
3. With your label gun print the label for your plant
4. Dampen the top rock (smaller rock) with water where you are putting the plant label on. I found the Gorilla glue to be difficult to work with. What worked for me was to use a tooth pick to apply the glue to the back of the label before applying it to the flat surface of the rock. Then I let the label dry before continuing.
6. Using the polyurethane paint, spray or brush the surface of the smaller rock (with the label) to protect it from the elements while in the garden. Let it dry before continuing.
7. To place in the flower bed, bury the larger rock so it's below the soil or mulch and only the smaller labeled rock is showing. The larger rock on the bottom will give the labeled rock stability and make it more visible since it sits above the soil level. These are really cute and will last for years. Best of all, they are not only free; they also fit nicely into the natural landscape.
Submitted by Tamara Carl
Edited by Joan Burr
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