After doing a bit of research I found a site that sells software that
can print tags on plain paper. They include both the botanical name
and the common name on the label. As a bonus, the family name is
auto-magically tacked on.
Apparently you just laminate the labels and attach them to a wooden
stake. They seem to be attractive enough without being too intrusive
in the garden. The software is called The Compleat Botanica.
http://www.crescentbloom.com is their Web site.
- Cut up a bleach bottle (or oil bottle, etc.) into spike sized
- Make up some nice labels that will fit on the strips (use Paint or
Corel Draw or ??? program).
- Print the labels on sticky paper (you can buy 8"x11" pages from most
office supply stores). You can use photo paper as well (it's thick) as
- Apply the label to the strip. Use a touch of glue if necessary.
- Cover the front of the strip with clear packing tape, wrapping the
excess edges around the back. Apply a layer of tape on the back to
seal it up.
These should last at least one season. Ink quality will have a lot to
do with how long they look good.
Of course you can use wooden stakes, etc....
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