MAKE YOUR OWN PLANT LABELS
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.