Tools and techniques
Nail polish will get off any pen marking on plastic labels, for re-use.
I don't label. Can't be bothered. Planted a bunch of seeds in some pots that I emptied into something else so I guess I'll get random seedlings appearing at some point. Oh well. All my cuttings have died anyway so it doesn't matter.
Regarding commercially made plastic plant markers, I think most people would agree that for what they are, they are quite expensive - especially when you find you need a lot of them. With plastic-pollution-awareness in mind I discovered recently that the packaging for some leisure wear I bought from a well known supermarket was not just printed on to glossy card but PLASTIC COATED WHITE card so I decided I might be able to up-cycle it into plant markers.
Once they're in use in the garden you hardly notice the printing on the back. In fact, if you do notice it it just adds a bit more colour in the borders.
The material is only semi-rigid so is a bit floppier than standard shop bought labels; but it is
and will still stick into the ground.
You can write on them with permanent marker pens, CD marker pens, 'proper' plant label marking pens or with a simple pencil (B or 2B work well).
The plant ties are made into loops with a stapler.
I got maybe 40-50 labels out of one piece of packaging (plus the leisure wear of course).
You are invited to a
virtual visit of my garden
in English or in French
Just had a peak at your garden Papi Jo. It's absolutely fabulous. I'm definitely coming back to get some ideas later.
Birdy13, how very inventive, I must have a go!