5 ZERO-WASTE VEGETABLE GARDEN MARKERS
Written by Katie
Happy spring! The time of fresh flowers and when so many of us turn to the dirt to plant our vegetable seeds. But, we have to make sure we know which seed is which, which is why vegetable markers are SUPER helpful! I have put together a list of my top 5 favourite zero-waste garden marker alternatives to traditional plastic ones. Plus, ALL of these are upcycled, making them FREE. Who doesn't love free?
You will need a good, thick marker for most of these!
1. Used Bamboo Toothbrushes
This is my favourite vegetable garden marker by far! We exclusivly use bamboo toothbrushes in our house, so instead of dealing with the disposal of them, we just save them and use for many things, such as garden markers. Simply stick the brush part of the toothbrush in the soil and write the name of the veggie on handle.
2. Popcycle Sticks
If you walk a lot like me, you will find SO MANY popcycle sticks on the ground. I'm telling you, people just eat a popcycle and throw them out their window while they are driving. Luck for me, I usually pick them up and bring them home to use as vegetable or plant markers. Or maybe you just eat a lot of popcycles, and if that's the case save them! I ask my husband to save the ones he eats : )
And don't forget, you can get super creative with these! It doesn't have to be plain black marker.
I haven't done this myself, but I love the idea of finding smooth rocks at the beach or on a walk and either painting or writing on them! I think it's a super cute way to get your kids or family invovled in helping with the whole gardening process as well.
4. Wine corks
Save those wine corks! These are such a fun DIY garden marker, and a way to give a new life to the cork. Simply write the veggie on the cork, and stick a narrow stick in it to keep it straight in the ground! Easy peasy.
5. Paint can stirrers
Every hardware store has those long, thin wooden paint can stirrers, which I LOVE as a garden marker. I wouldn't recommend using a used one with paint still on it, as the chemicles could get into your vegetable garden soil, but snagging a couple extra from the store if you are doing a paint job already, I'm all for! They really make a great garden marker because they are the perfect size and height!
And that's that! We hope this was super helpful :)