As Earth Day celebrates its 45th anniversary, I hope that this easy gardening project inspires you to dust off your green thumb and get dirty in the garden! There’s no time like Earth Day to make your world a little greener — in the literal sense. Planting a garden not only beautifies your home space, but also helps clean the air while celebrating the environment.
On a recent trip to Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe I came across one of the most charming herb gardens I had ever seen. What distinguished it from others was the artsy garden markers that identified what was growing. Upon my return home, I visited my local Home Depot and picked up a few items needed to make my very own identifying markers, personalized specifically for my garden.
This was the original inspiration for my garden markers.
The garden at Encuentro Guadalupe is absolutely lovely!
In just under 30 minutes and about $15 I was able to make two dozen garden markers. That comes out to just over $0.60 per marker!
If you’re an avid gardener, chances are that you know exactly what you’re growing. Other people, however, may not. These cute markers are perfect for identifying what’s in your garden. If you plan to grow your own fruits, veggies, or herbs this season, these are an adorable addition to your garden.
Make your mark on the spring season with these fun and practical creations and you’ll never mix up a jalapeño with bell pepper again!
1 piece of plywood cut into 3 x 8 inch pieces (I used a piece that was 1/4″ thick, and 2′ x 2′) – $6.62
1 pack of 15-inch Dry Cedar Shims – $1.57 for one dozen (or you can use the free paint stirrers they give you at Home Depot, but I didn’t want to take that many!)
1 can black chalkboard spray paint – $3.76
1 white chalk marker – $3.48
12 nails – $0.25 (make sure they’re thin, but long enough to go through the plywood and shims)
Grand total in supplies: $15.68
- Spray paint each plywood piece with one to two coats of black chalkboard paint. Be sure to cover the edges and sides. Once dried on one side, you can spray paint the other side if desired.
- Once both sides of your plywood are dry, you can decorate them with the name of your herbs, veggies, or plants.
- Next, nail the plywood pieces into the top of your wooden shims. If nails are too long, simply hammer the point that sticks out so that it’s flesh with the wood. Voilà – your homemade markers are ready to adorn your garden!