With only one set of old mini-blinds, you can make hundreds of plant markers in various sizes
and widths that are nearly indestructible! You can use up those old mini-blinds you have lying around. Re-using what would be otherwise destined for the trash heap is the best way to Go Green and score some resilient garden-ware.
This is a superb and inexpensive way to label your plants, whether in a container, flower garden,
or vegetable garden... and can be used in your starter seed trays, too.
Some people use plastic stakes, popsicle sticks, or metal to label their plants, but the mini-blinds are the perfect material for the gardens of "Makers or Recyclers'.
Hard plastic markers [the store bought kind] get brittle and break [due to weather], wood ones absorb what you write and the marker usually 'bleeds' [and eventually rots and disintegrates], and metal will rust [and you don't want that near your veggies!].
If you don't have any old mini-blinds, then check out friends houses, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. Otherwise, you might have to break down and buy a set for about $3 or $4 dollars at Wal-mart. But these days, a pack of cheap plastic markers runs at least $3and won't last half as long as your new mini-blind-stakes... and one store-bought pack will just not do!
Step 1: Gather Your Materials.
Assemble the following:
3. A sharpened pencil. *
You will only need about four or five blind slats out at a time. You can do this in whatever manner you like, but cutting the string and sliding the slats out is best. [2nd Photo below]
If you are true recycler - you can cut the string in such a way that you can re-use the lengths at another time [like tying up those cukes or tomatoes later on in the season...???]
*I have tried using permanent markers, but was upset when the rain and sun faded my markings and left me more confused than ever as to what I had planted. Sharpie brand used to make a 'permanent marker' that did not fade.....but must have changed the ink. Seems they just ain't making markers like they used to. Thus, a pencil works best.