Now that it’s April and finally starting to warm up, I’m getting pretty excited about our upcoming growing season. Not only will I yet again be attempting a vegetable garden but I’m trying something new with a raised bed design rather than the in ground garden we tried before. To celebrate, I’ve put my creative hat on and come up with something to give the garden a little personality … handmade vegetable markers! These are fairly inexpensive and lots of fun to make if you like to embrace your artistic abilities. If painting isn’t your thing, then let the kids have fun with them!
To get started, you’ll need a few supplies, all which I picked up at my local hardware and craft stores.
- wood plaques, any shape or size
- wood shims
- various colors of Anita’s Yard & Garden Outdoor Paint
- thin paint brushes
- staple gun & hammer
The first thing you’ll want to do is attach the wooden shape to the shim by placing a staple in the top and bottom of the wooden shape, through the shim behind it. Use a hammer to flatten the staples on the back side. Optionally, you can use a can of outdoor spray paint (made for wood) to paint them any base color you’d like or just leave them natural. I went with an antique white to help them stand out among the greenery.
Now that the markers are constructed, the fun begins as you paint each vegetable or herb on each marker. I wanted a little variety so I used oval plaques for my herbs and rectangular plaques for my vegetables. To help get the text and images just right, I used a pencil to sketch the design before doing any painting. Seed packets with photos are perfect for painting inspiration!
I’d love to hear about your gardening plans for this Spring and Summer! Do you do anything special to mark your crop or just plant and see what pops up?