I Know Where Everything is in the Garden!
May 18, 2009
Review by dlstewart
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:sturdy wooden markers, flat, easy to write on, wood is treated to last longer
Cons:not a permanent marking solution (if you need one)
The Bottom Line: These Wood Garden Markers are an inexpensive way to keep track of what's growing in the garden.
Every year I plant a large vegetable garden. When one is planting multiple varieties of vegetables, keeping track of what varieties are doing well is a challenge if the beds are not well labeled. That is why I am using these 12"-long Wooden Garden Markers.
Recommend this product?
These wooden garden markers are flat, measuring 12" long x 1 1/8" wide. The top of the marker instead of being square-edged, has the two top corners lopped off to form angles. At the bottom, the stake is tapered and instead of a point is slightly rounded. The wood is a pale color and has also been treated with a wood preservative for longer life.
I give thanks to my father for suggesting I buy these larger wooden garden markers. He was right when he said the large tags would give better visibility (and organization) to what I plant in the garden.
The markers are smooth, which makes them easy to write on. I used a black Sharpie Marker (since the Garden Marker I bought lived a short life). A great feature of the 1 1/8" width is that I can write several lines on each marker. The 12" length comes in handy if I need to write a longer line of text. I write in large all capital letters for added visibility. Both sides of the garden maker can be written on, too.
The black Sharpie writing stands out great against the pale wood. These stakes are lightweight but of substantial build. It will take pressure for them to break; they have a solid feel to them. The rounded tip of the stake digs well into the turned soil. I tilt the marker a bit so that it looks like it is slightly reclining. This makes the marker easier to read when a person is standing or walking through the garden.
These markers are excellent, making it easy to identify plants at a glance. For instance, this year I am growing five types of tomatoes, three varieties of cucumbers, four varieties of peppers, four varieties of beans, two winter squash types, and four types of summer squash, and for the first time eggplant. My pumpkin patch doesn't require a label since I'm growing one variety in a dedicated area. (I planted some crops a bit early and have been covering them against the cooler night temperatures. An added bonus is that these 12-inch stakes help hold aloft the lightweight fabric covers to give the smaller plants some head room.)
If you have a garden of permanent plantings, such as perennials, then for labeling purposes you might want to consider a more permanent solution such as a metal name plate. These wooden plant markers are wonderful, but they won't last forever.
Jung Seed sells a set of 50 of these garden markers for $12.95. They came sealed in a large clear poly bag. A bonus would have been if the bag had a Ziploc-style closure, but it doesn't.
If you need more than 50 markers, Jung Seed offers a discount for bulk purchases. (2 packages $23.95, 10 packages $104.95, 20 packages $197.95)
These Wooden Garden Markers are great. I will definitely be buying more of them next year. It's funny how you don't even realize you're missing something until you try it ... then you wonder what took you so long to discover it!
I hope you found this review useful.
Enjoy the day,
Please read my other reviews:
4-Way Shepherd's Hook
Upside-Down Tomato Garden
Perma-Nest Plant Trays
Clear Plastic Domes for Perma-Nest Trays
Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed
Black & Decker Cordless Battery Mulching Lawnmower
Seeds: French Breakfast Radish, Small Sugar Pumpkin, Ace Red & Green Peppers, Matina Tomato
Cucumber Seed: Marketmore Cucumber, Spacemaster Cucumber
Squash Seed: Zucchini Italiano Largo, Zephyr Squash, Gadzukes Zucchini
Bean Seed: Purple Beans, Soleil Yellow Beans
Unusual Plants: Egyptian Walking Onions, Jerusalem Artichokes, Canada Red Rhubarb
Copyright 2009 Dawn L. Stewart
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