Permanent Markers

I'm putting more perrenials in my garden but after winter when I start to inspect my 'plot' I find labels with faded marks and no Idea what the narby plant is. I've tried a number of different 'permanent markers' to no avail, can you help?  Sueing the makers of the product under the Trades Description Act will not help my situation!

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,023

    I know exactly what you mean and have reverted to good old pencil which lasts for years.  A softer pencil lead is best to write on plastic labels - look for 2B (standard pencils are HB.)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I had a similar problem so I now have a notebook and I can at least try to match up the name with the plant

    I also use a pencil now, I prefer a 4Bimage

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    For the gadget-minded you can use a label-maker, and simply stick the plastic label onto a plant label.. I've been using these for about 18 months, and they seem to be weather resistant....

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/foxglove-seeds1.jpg

     OK, if you only want to produce a relatively small number of labels.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    I too use a label-maker; Dymo.  But I do much smaller letters.  Uses far less tape.  Letters come out smaller if you do the printing on two lines.  This is a thrifty tip!

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Never tried a label maker, keep asking Fr Christmas but so far I have obvioulsy not been good enough.  In the meantime, I agree very much with earlier posters, you cannot beat a good soft pencil on either wooden or plastic labels.   However, theat does not help when the blackbirds insist on removing labels and dropping them wherever they think they will!!

  • SudsySudsy Posts: 2

    I find the best thing to do is to type/or write all the labels I need, laminate them and then cut them to size. A laminater costs much the same as a label marker/Dymo and can be used for lots of other things - documents you wish to safe, recipe cards etc. etc.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Sudsy, doesn't water go between the layers of plastic and the label when you laminate & cut - or am I missing something here? (Quite probably!) 

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 474

    I always use a pencil, and for names on labels I want to keep I paint over the name of the plant with clear nail varnish, works a treat.image

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Another label maker fan here. But, as already said, not blackbird-proof.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,023

    Perhaps the blackbirds are trying to redesign our gardens for us?

    That "cluck cluck" they do might not be warning of a predator, but really mean: "tut tut, you shouldn't have planted that there.." image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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