You know the best thing about a vegetable garden? The plant markers.
Okay, maybe the veggies are the highlight, but something has to keep you busy once the plants are in the ground and you have a few weeks before anything is ready to harvest. Here’s what kept me up late one night last week.
I used vinyl letter stickers to spell out the name of each veggie on balsa wood boards. For each, I made a few vertical paint stripes, then continually lightened the paint color by adding white, for an ombre effect. Once dry, I peeled off each letter then sprayed each sign with a clear coat of spray paint. I then used some screw-in hooks to hang the signs off of stakes.
My kids were excited to match our plants with our new signs. Now just crossing my fingers that the veggies live up to the signage.
Grow A Rainbow Ombre Plant Markers
4 by 12 inch balsa boards, spray painted white
Vinyl Sticker letters (I used 2 inch letters)
Clear Spray Paint (I used Satin finish)
Metal screw hooks and eyes
Stakes or poles
1. Use the stickers to spell out the name of each plant on the wood. Press hard to make sure the letters are sticking, so that paint won’t seep in underneath.
2. Choose a color for each sign. Use a one inch paintbrush to make vertical stripes adding white to lighten the paint every few stripes. (Save your paint palettes by covering with saran wrap for touch-ups).
3. Let dry and peel off letters. Touch up with leftover paint as needed. Dry overnight. Apply a few coats of clear spray finish.
4. To hang from stakes, attach “eye” to center of vegetable sign, and screw hook to a garden stake or pole.