Cheap and Easy Plant Markers

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I know there are all sorts of retail products you can purchase to identify your seedlings in pots or in the garden, but with the number of plants I grow from seed I don’t want to be spending my gardening budget on fancy markers. I’d rather spend my money on fancy plants 🙂

Using a permanent ink, I write the name of the plant on the plastic marker cut from a yogurt or similar container. They last all season, aren’t affected by rain or hot sun and I can often reuse the same markers the following year. What could be simpler?

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Making an Inexpensive Bird Bath

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few months I’m sure you know how much I love to save a dime by making things myself rather than buying them. This is the story of my $1.25 bird bath.

I had a bird bath bowl that I didn’t much like. It was shaped like a flower and had petals that seemed to collect a red mold or fungus that tainted the water. All the bleaching and cleaning I did didn’t seem to help rid it of this invader, so I finally threw it out.

I needed a replacement bowl, but found it difficult to find something that would fit my 15 inch wide bird bath stand and was shallow enough to be a reasonable bath.

I found my solution at a thrift shop. I bought the shade from a ceiling lamp fixture for $1.00 and a glass tealight holder for 25 cents.

The light shade was just over 15 inches, so it fit the bath stand perfectly. The tealight holder had long protrusions which I thought would make ideal perches. I glued the two together using a product called Plumbing Goop, which not only sealed the two but is waterproof and winterproof.

I had collected some carefully screened pebbles from a beach in Manitoba, and I used these to line the bottom of the bird bath in order to give the birds a spot to stand if they chose to take a dip.

Overall, I think it turned out kind of cute, and at $1.25 I certainly didn’t break the bank.

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