How to Make Free Plant Tags/Labels From Recycled Plastic Containers
If you are a home gardener who likes to grow your own crops from seeds, I am sure you have hundreds of seedlings growing every summer. Do you label each of the pots that you plant the seeds in? If you haven't, how frustrating it will be when you cannot recall what types of seeds you have planted in the little pots several weeks ago. All seedlings look the same (especially tomatoes), even though they are different varieties. When you do not know what the seedlings are, you will not be able to transplant them in their correct place in the garden. Different plants have different requirements, and plants that are planted in the right location will thrive better and produce the best harvests.
The most important thing you have to do when planting the seeds is to label the pots. You will need to buy lots of labels if you have many varieties of plants, and labels cost money to buy. Not only that, it is too much of a hassle to drive 15km to the local nursery to buy the labels while you are having such a great time in the garden.
Here's how you can recycle a few plastic bottles and containers, and make your own plant tags and labels. Look around your house especially in the kitchen, garage and even the recycle bin, you will most likely be able to find some plastic items that can be recycled to make those useful plant labels or tags. Empty ice cream tubs, takeaway containers, yoghurt tubs and margarine containers are the best plastic items that can be made into plant tags for free.
After you have salvaged those plastic items, you will need a pair of scissors to do all the cutting. Here I have chosen to start with the lid of an ice cream container. Cut away the sides of the lid so that you get a nice and flat piece of plastic. You can do the same with the ice cream container and it will give you a few pieces of flat plastic.
With the piece of flat plastic, cut it into strips of 1½ cm to 2 cm wide. After that, take one of the strips and trim it to 12-15 cm long or just leave it as it is, if you prefer a long plant tag for bigger pots. Cut away the corners at one end of the strip so that you get a pointed end for inserting into the soil.
There you go, you have made your first plant tag. Now, do the same with the rest of the plastic strips and you will have a handful of plant tags to label those seedlings.
Your homemade plant tags are now ready for use in the garden. Use a permanent marker pen to write on the tags.
The plant tags can also be recycled again for labelling the plants that are growing bigger in the garden. Use a paper hole puncher to punch a hole near the pointed end of the tag. Insert a twist-tie or garden string through the hole and secure the plant tag to a branch of the plant.
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