I have enjoyed growing my own vegetables immensely over the last couple of years. It is so much fun planning what you want to grow and then planting and tending to the seeds and plants. I have even contemplated planting vegetables that I don’t even like that much just so I can see if I can grow them! No matter what you are planting though, one thing that comes in handy in the vegetable garden is plant markers! If you are sowing lots of different seeds then you need to keep track of which ones are which!
I was planting some more carrot and beetroot seeds the other day and I decided to make my own plant markers. Often we use icy pole sticks as plant markers but I thought I’d have a go at making some plastic ones.
I saw this link recently that showed how to make your own plant markers from milk bottles and I thought that would be a great idea. I’m all for recycling used materials and we always have milk bottles that just get thrown in the recycle bin.
It is so easy I can’t believe that I haven’t seen it done before now. All you have to do is peel off the label from the milk bottle and then cut the bottle open so that you have a largish piece of plastic to work with.
I originally started cutting small plant markers using a store bought one as a template but that was a bit tedious. So I ended up cutting some freehand ones that were roughly triangular and I thought that they looked quite good. I think the best thing about these recycled milk bottle plant markers is that you can cut them into any shape that you like!
We just happen to have a couple of garden marker pens that were perfect for writing on the plant markers. If you don’t have a garden marker pen I’m sure a cd marker would work fine too.
Oh and if you peel off the label from you milk bottle and it leaves a sticky residue try this handy trick to get the sticky stuff off. It was originally intended for getting the sticky residue off glass but I have found that it works just as well on plastic!