Vegetable Garden Markers Using Picture Frames

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by Southern Couture
5 Minutes
I love being organized and knowing exactly where things are at all times. Can anyone else relate or am I the only one this crazy?
Today I am sharing how I am keeping my garden organized by knowing exactly what I have planted and where it is.
I have made the mistake in the past of planting tomato, different colors of bell peppers, zucchini, etc. and not marking them so I didn't really know which plant was which. I guess I thought that I would just be able to remember in my head or could tell the difference.

Well being able to just remember wasn't cutting it, so this year I am prepared by having my own garden markers. They are easy and quick to make. What is fun too is that you can design the markers any way you like.

I used plain black 3.5x5 frames that I found at the dollar store. You don't want to use anything too fancy since they will be outside.
First you will need to design and make a picture to fit in your frame that says what vegetable you have planted.
Then when you are ready to stake them in the ground, first dig a small hole to make it easier to bury the end of the stake. This will also help to keep you from popping the frame off the stake if you are hammering it into the ground.
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  • Zella Zella on May 12, 2016
    how do you keep water from getting inside the picture frame and ruining the label?

  • Glenn Glenn on Jun 16, 2016
    If you are using a 3 1/2 ×5 frame isn't it possible to use the seed packet for your picture? Then you would know the specific type tomato or pepper that you planted.

  • Stephanie Snyder Young Stephanie Snyder Young on May 05, 2018

    Where can I get those labels you suggested??? Is there a template or something similar??

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  • Dar Woodhurst Dar Woodhurst on Jul 20, 2016
    Love it. I keep saying I am going to label better, but never do. I will use this.

  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 09, 2021

    This came out adorable. That being said and reading one of the above answers to the question of water seeping in when it rains or when you water, I am wondering how you keep the back cardboard from getting soggy. So I sat and thought about it for a bit and came up with this. I would use Glens suggestion about sealing the glass with silicone caulk then replace the backing with a cut piece of plastic folder that you can get at Dollar Tree or any dollar store. I am torn with using either silicone caulking or heavy duty glue gun glue that will withstand outside elements on the backing if I have to remove it to change out the label. Guess the only thing to do is experiment. :)