Garden Markers: Get Creative with Essentials

Gardening lets you be creative in ways you might not have originally thought. Besides being able to grow some gorgeous flowers, delicious veggies, and sweet fruits, you can also indulge your artistic side. If the weather sends you indoors for a day, it could be the perfect time to make some one-of-a-kind garden markers!

Grab some brushes and paint, and get ready to have some fun.

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Finding the Right Base for your Garden Markers

What can you use for garden markers? That’s the beauty of it – anything! Old metal knives, wooden spoons, rocks, paint stir sticks, plastic animal figurines, even the rims from broken terracotta pots.

Do you like your markers to be uniform in color? Or do you like every hue possible to grace your beds? There’s no right or wrong answer here; it’s all about what you want to see when you go tiptoeing through the tulips, or whatever plants you prefer.

Decorating your Garden Markers

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Generally speaking, acrylic paint works well on most materials, like wood and metal. Depending on how long you want your markers to last, you may also want to consider adding a coat of varnish. Though, one of the best parts of making your own markers is that you can use them for a season, and then freshen them up the next year with a new coat of paint, or start from scratch with a new base. Maybe you use bricks one year, and coffee mugs the next.

Your garden markers can be as simple as a solid color with the name of the plant written on it, or if you’re more artistically inclined, you can draw pictures of what you’re growing. For example, websites like Pinterest are a great source of inspiration if you’re having a little trouble getting the creative juices flowing. 

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Getting Into the Details

For fine-detail work, consider picking up some paint pens, which can help keep it neat. The benefit of these is that you can usually buy just one pen, so if all you need it for is a little outlining or lettering, you don’t have to invest in a whole pack.

Include your Kiddos!

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Creating your own garden markers is a wonderful way to include the next generation of growers. Let the kids loose with some paint, and see what fun designs they come up with! Just make sure that they’re wearing clothes that can get messy. Regardless of who is on the other end of the brush, it’s best to put down a drop cloth to prevent the paint from ending up on the kitchen table.

Place those Garden Markers

Let your garden markers dry thoroughly before you apply a coat of varnish, and before you put them into service. Once they are in place, be sure to enjoy the special extra touch you were able to bring to your green space with your new garden markers.

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Always Choose the Best

Of course, the best way to make sure you have a great garden to go with your new garden markers is to use BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil, which is a fantastic growing medium. It’s packed with essential nutrients and organic matter plants need to grow healthy and strong. Our soil is light and fluffy. It’s made up of a mix of black loam, peat loam, compost and manure. It is sure to grow plants that match the beauty of your garden markers!