- Paint sticks
- Assorted colors of paint
- Cord and clothespin or Styrofoam block
- Permanent markers
There are all sorts of beautiful things that a person can make or use in a garden. Just some of them include stepping stones, painted rocks, broken pottery, wind spinners, fence signs, benches, and flags. But there’s one thing nearly everyone needs in a garden and that’s a way to identify certain plants. And yes, there are many plant identifying crafts but none as inexpensive, easy, and adorable, as a paint stick garden stake. It’s colorful, it lets you identify plants at a glance, and it also features the name of the vegetable. It’s color-coded so tending to your garden will be even easier – and more enjoyable – than it normally is.
A paint stick is free at a home improvement store and it makes a great garden stake or plant marker. Get a couple of free ones, but if you need more than that, you can order them for about a dime, each, online. Most any paint stick has a logo and/or advertising on it so you’ll want to paint it to cover that up. Plus, the painted stick offers you the mentioned color coding.
What I really like to do with the paint stick garden stakes is to color code them to the type of plant I have. So, green for green beans, red for tomatoes, yellow for squash, orange for pumpkins, etc. For vegetables or plants that would logically have the same color – such as green beans and zucchini – just use lighter or darker shades to distinguish them from one another.
Paint each stick by dipping it into the appropriate color of paint. Dip it all the way to the beginning of the handle but no further. Allow the excess to drip off and hang the stick on a cord with a clothespin, or stick the handle in a Styrofoam block while the paint stick dries. After it does, write the name of a plant, fruit, or vegetable, across each stick. A paint marker name holds up well in the elements.
At the top of each row of plants, push a paint stick into the ground; the handle is the end that goes into the dirt, of course. Now that you have each food or plant marked, a quick glance lets you see the color, and identify the plant.