Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Garden Markers

How do you stake your garden?
Until now I've always used scrap wood stakes
and tried to label them but
it's hard to write on old rough wood
and usually the marker fades.
So, I came up with an idea.
Do you remember the solar jar lights I made?
Well, they didn't use the stake of the solar light
and I was not going to let them just go to waste,
I had a plan.

First I printed off some vintage seed labels
and cut them out along with a blank sheet
of the same size.

I then taped the top and sides
but left the bottom open.

These little packets then slide right over the top
of the solar light stake.

And are so easy to put in the soft, tilled ground.
Much better than my old, clunky, scrap wooden stakes.

I then covered them with some mason jars
to protect the label from the elements.
A clear mason jar would work best
but I didn't have any as all of mine
have patterns on the jar.
I will be on the lookout for some unpatterened jars
this summer at garage sales.
And it works!
We've had rain and snow since I've planted
and my labels have remained the same
as the day I staked them.
And even better,
I think they look so much cuter inthe garden
than plain, old, scrap stick markers.

And since I was out with my camera
I thought I'd take some pics!

Remember the strawberry row I cleaned out?
Well, the strawberries are now blooming!

The apple tree blossoms are just beginning to open.

In the rose garden I am working on (pics to come)
the little violas are so happy.

If you look closely you can see


And some hidden treasures in my forgotten garden.
(more to come on this)

And the Virgina Creeper on the garage
is starting to fill out.
If you want to see what this looks like in the fall
you can take a quick peek here!
Hope you enjoyed my little garden tour :)

I am joining...
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Something Swanky for Swanky Stuff Thursday
Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
While He Was Napping for Weekend Wander


  1. What a GREAT idea! Getting ready to do our garden this weekend. Great pictures as well! Enjoy your day.

  2. What a marvelous idea. The glass jars protect your labels, but always add so much charm to the garden. I just love blogging and coming across such delightful ideas, and getting to meet the talented ladies behind them. I am your newest follower, Connie :)
    Please accept my warm invitation to visit and hopefully to follow me, too. I am looking forward to following your enchanting journey in blog-land.

  3. Those are so cute, and I love those little round purple flowers in the four picture section! -Jessica

  4. I really like your idea! We need to make some stakes, and covering them with jars is a great idea! I love the vintage seed pack art as well! Very cute idea.
    Thanks so much!

  5. What a cute idea! However...I love the link back to the VA creeper! Trying to talk the Headmaster into an arbor over the garage door for just such a display!
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. What a neat idea using the canning jars! Your garden looks like it is starting to bloom! Very pretty! I enjoyed your garden tour. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Very nice idea. Looks quaint as well. :)

  8. Fantastic idea! and I love all your flowers!

  9. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments :)

  10. Neat idea! I like vintage seed packets...what pretty labels!


  11. thank you so much for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden party this week! those markers are so clever - going to have to steal your idea! love it. xoxo, tracie

  12. How did I miss these cutie? Love the fun idea! Enjoyed seeing a bit of your lovely garden.

  13. Cute, cute, cute! I need to do this as my garden marker (on old wooden stakes) faded in the rain and who knows what I'm growing now! :~O


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