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What's Your Garden Sign?

Post  robbinscabin on 5/7/2010, 9:52 am

I've never been very good at labeling my plants. But Not This Year! My SFG garden looked so pretty that I decided I needed some pretty garden signs. Here's mine:


Now, show me yours! (I know you've got a "dirty" mind~LOL)
Show me your... Garden signs/plaques/etc.

PS this is my first post picture~let's hope I did it right!

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Re: What's Your Garden Sign?

Post  boffer on 5/7/2010, 10:17 am

Those are too cute not to share!! But we're spoiled-we want to see it now, not open another window!

Try it again, copying the code line in the middle, not the bottom.



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Post  robbinscabin on 5/7/2010, 10:26 am

Trying to post picture again. Thanks Boffer!

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Post  boffer on 5/7/2010, 10:31 am

Are those tin can lids? Now that you can post a picture Wink we need to see them in action!

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Post  robbinscabin on 5/7/2010, 10:45 am

The signs are blank dollar store wooden plaques. I drilled the hanger holes, painted, and used a cheap garden stake (I use them for single stem flowers~like gladiolas) to hang them on. Here's a closer look. I also have them on my blog (http://robbinscabin.blogspot.com/) if you'd like to see all the directions or more pics.

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Post  ColoradoNatureGirl on 5/7/2010, 10:53 am

Those are adorable! I bet you could sell those!

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YOU COULD TOTALLY SELL THOSE

Post  middlemamma on 5/7/2010, 3:08 pm

You painted those freehand?

Psssssshhhhaawwww!!! I couldn't draw "stick" veggies if I tried! Good job...adorable....!

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Post  robbinscabin on 5/7/2010, 4:40 pm

Oh, it's not that hard. But then crafts are my idea of a fun day...most people consider crafting as a slow torture! LOL.

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Post  Megan on 5/7/2010, 5:35 pm

Wow. Shocked Those are absolutely amazing... and beautiful!

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Post  Theresa on 5/7/2010, 9:43 pm

robbinscabin those are BEAUTIFUL! You did excellent at painting them! I bet you could sell those easy!

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Post  LaFee on 5/8/2010, 4:26 am

Those are gorgeous...and yes, I think people would pay happily to have those!

My "garden sign" is a little closer to the signs handed out by Jeff Foxworthy.....

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Re: What's Your Garden Sign?

Post  Mirjam on 5/8/2010, 5:12 am

I wish I could take the time to make such beautifull plant markers... maybe next winter, when there's not much gardening to do.
I use reusable aluminum markers, I write the name of the crop/plant on it with a pencil, so it can be erased later.
Next to that, I keep a scheme of the gardens on my freezer (which is next to my backdoor), so wen the plants are "up", I can remove the markers and reuse them when needed. I was looking for a picture of my schedules, but I seem to have deleted it... it's nothing special though, but I'm happy with it

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Post  robbinscabin on 5/8/2010, 6:18 am

Mirjam, I'm jealous of any orginzation style. You gotta find what works for you. Unfortunately, I'm still searching for "my" style.

Years ago, I bought myself the cutest plaid 3 ring binder with the intentions of making myself a garden journal. You know, with all my charts, plans, pictures of the outcomes. Oh, I was going to be so organized. It worked for about 2 weeks...Gee, I wonder where that binder is now.

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Post  Mirjam on 5/8/2010, 6:28 am

I know, when you put it in a binder, you can just forget about it , that's why I put it where I see it every day. I found the picture; as you can see I have a 6*4, a 4*4 and a 2*3 (which had a cold frame on top). I note the crop and the date I planted it, and when I replace it with a new crop (or when nothing has sprouted), I just cross out the earlier one.

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Post  Megan on 5/8/2010, 7:04 am

I am using a blog (basically an online garden journal) to try to track my plantings. Just started it. So far, I've found that it's easy to quickly update notes and photos, but updating the diagrams is more work and I am getting lazy about it already. One more project for today!

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Post  new2this on 5/8/2010, 7:48 am

Robinscabin....your plaques are fun! And your personal album!!!! Has everyone seen this?!?

Go look, go look....it is so beautiful.

Mirjam- that is a really good idea. I have a notebook for my garden charts, but sometimes I forget to write in it, or i just can't find it.

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Post  silverbug on 5/8/2010, 8:26 am

Really great markers! I might steal that some day. For now, you don't want to see my tongue depressors with Sharpie marker lables. LOLOL. It works, it's tidy, I've done it for years, and with a nearly 5 year old running around, we have HUGE bags of them in stock around the house.

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Re: What's Your Garden Sign?

Post  robbinscabin on 5/8/2010, 9:08 am

It's great to hear how everyone else handles the organization issues that plague gardening!

Silverbug~tongue depressors are classic, timeless... Martha Stewart may not approve but we sure do!

New2this~Thanks so much! Although, truth be told I made hubby do all the hard work...LOL

Megan~I never set out to use my blog as a journal but I know I've gone back and looked through old posts to see when I started this seed or did that chore...Good news is I can't lose my blog like my binder.

Miriam~Awesome Chart! Simple, easy to use, easy to update...What more does a garden chart need? My 6 yr. old daughter would say, "Pretty Stickers!"

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Post  Megan on 5/8/2010, 9:18 am

Thanks robbin. I am new to blogging and not great at it, so I never set out to make it anything more than a garden journal. And yes, it's easy for me to find, that is very important! I have this pet idea to try to make a database for crop rotation and/or companion planting, but I'm still trying to get my head around both the gardening concepts and MS Access. Rolling Eyes Very Happy

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Post  aspiegardner on 5/8/2010, 6:08 pm

We did little squares last year than nailed them to a stick. My daughter painted the vegetable on each square.

The ovals are definitely cuter.

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Post  LaFee on 5/8/2010, 6:52 pm

I've never felt the need to compare myself to Martha Stewart.

If I had nearly unlimited cash, a gardener, a housekeeper, and plenty of other staff, as well as no husband (she's divorced) and no kids (her daughter is grown and married) to care for, I could be pretty darned creative, too!

I refuse to take on any guilt at all for writing on a plastic storebought plant marker with a pencil. (but yeah, I do covet Robinscabin's cute little markers!)

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Post  Chopper on 5/8/2010, 6:52 pm

Aren't you clever? Now you have me going. I was using old plastic disposable cups and magic marker - which are magic as they disappear. I was just contemplating a better system.

My three loves are gardening, painting and currency trading. I am really excited to get some permanent markers done now.

THANKS!

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Post  PB on 5/8/2010, 9:41 pm

What cute little markers!!

I use plastic knives. I always have them left over from the pack.
I write on the handle with a sharpie. The date planted on the back. Then "stab" it into the soil.

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Post  robbinscabin on 5/10/2010, 12:15 pm

PB~ I tried that last year...my then 5 year old "borrowed" them for a picnic with her stuffed animals. LOL.

Chopper~Don't forget to show us a pic when you're done!

LaFee~ I couldn't agree about Martha Stewart more! I understand that it takes a team to create a show...but we at home don't have a team. She's one lady who could use the word "SIMPLIFY" in her life.

Megan~Don't be overwhelmed by the two concepts. There's a great section about them both in my favorite book: Storey's Basic Country Skills. It really breaks it down to easy info. Check your local library...it'll be worth it.

I thought you all might enjoy seeing what the White House uses as Garden Signs.

Cute and Simple.

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tin can lids

Post  Saartje on 5/10/2010, 12:41 pm

Hi,

I like free stuff.

I make garden signs out of tin can lids. I'll post a picture soon, but you can see them already in my post in the gallery of gardens blog.

I don't use a lot of canned food, so I have a limited stock of 3 signs now (and one's a screw on lid). I started making them last month, so I now know we eat about two cans of canned food (tuna and tomato concentrate) a month. The third is really a screw on lid, but since it didn't have any print it worked fine as well, and you can't cut yourself on the edges.

For quick labelling we use popsicle sticks, free too, and we ate plenty of those, with the warm weather lately!

I really must post a picture!

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