Homemade Pot Labels

Pot Labels

Pot Labels

Having been in the farm/garden/nursery business for many years, it always seemed to me that the buying of pot labels was a chore.  You have to buy specific ones for every item.  You have to buy in multiples of 100 or 1000.  Color photo ones make the pot more marketable.

Now that I am just an Innkeeper and have a backyard garden, my options are more fluid.  Finally found a material that is basically free, recyclable, lasts long enough, accepts a Sharpie marking, holds up in the sun and weather and is easy to make.

The photo shows how easy this is to do.  Take a 32 oz yogurt or cottage cheese container, this is the best size as shorter ones don’t leave enough room to write on and also stick into the pot or garden row.  Cut from the opening down to the base creating strips from 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide.  This gives you about 16 strips.  Now snip the strips from the bottom.  That’s it!

See sample label.  You may choose to ‘sharpen’ the end that gets inserted into the soil.  I don’t find that this is necessary, and could make a weak point in the label itself.  I have also found that the slight curvature in the strip in the long direction makes the strip stronger and more resistant to bending than flat strips made from other flat material.

Ok, now for the marking technique. I use either a Fine or Ultra Fine Black Sharpie, on the inside; the white smooth side of the strip.  Ultra Fine holds up for a few months outside or longer for pots that are in a greenhouse.  The ‘Fine’ holds up all summer, even outside.

Labels can be cleaned off and reused or recycled with the other plastics, as needed.

Dennis’til next time,
Dennis George
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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