Easy & Cheap Labels-
I've been growing many seedlings.. And many of my plants are blooming. I've been cross polinating in an attempt to create some hybrids. It's been fairly easy so far, but things have begun to get a bit complicated.. I'm having trouble remembering who I polinated with who..
Yesterday while in the post office I was hit with an idea.. So I grabbed a couple "Extremely Urgent" envelopes.
They're made of Tyvek- It's like slippery paper, but impossible to tear, and takes "laundry pen" type ink quite well.
I took some "twist ties" I'd bought in bulk- A whole roll was a couple bucks in the garden section, and stapeled short lengths to some strips of tyvek. NOw I can write the polinator on the tag, and wrap it around the flower stem. 'Cource it can still fall off, but I've a better chance now.
For seedling labels I picked up a couple feet of 24" aluminum flashing (aluminum won't oxidize & harm the plant, galvanized might) at the hardware store- It's rather thin & can be cut with scissors. It also takes "laundry pen" type ink rather well, or you can use a nail to scratch in the name(s).
So after having spent under $5, with a little time & some scissors, I now have a couple hundred tags & labels. Here's some I made while having morning coffee: