Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening -

In the Fe­bru­ary is­sue of NZ Gar­dener mag­a­zine, Pat Beer­poot of Red Beach de­scribed her in­ge­nious per­ma­nent plant name tags and I just had to make my own. Cut off the top and bot­tom of an alu­minium drink can with scis­sors, flat­ten it out and then cut tags to any size you like. Watch out as the metal edges can be sharp. Trim off the sharp cor­ners for safety. I blunted and smoothed the edges with a di­a­mond tool sharp­ener. Punch a hole with a nail, skewer or hole punch. Press firmly with a blunt pen­cil, ball­point or old knit­ting nee­dle to in­dent the plant names. (I used a black felt tip as well so the names showed in the pic­ture.) Loop a wire through the hole and at­tach loosely to the plant. Re­mem­ber to check the wires a cou­ple of times a year so they don’t be­come too tight and dig into the branches or trunks. Use longer pieces of wire or weed mat sta­ples to sup­port labels in the ground.

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