Below are examples of crop markers you can make with your students and use in your Learning Garden. Crop markers are fun to make and are a great side project to add value to your garden. Use one of the ideas below, or use these ideas as a starting point to create your own crop markers!
Paint rocks with a picture of the fruit or veggie crop, the same of the crop, or both! Be creative! You can make them as colorful or as natural-looking as you’d like.
Painted Mason Jar Lids
Common household items such as mason jar lids can make great signs for your garden! Attach your painted mason jar lid to a post directly with glue, or hang it on a hook so it swivels in the wind.
Exposed Twig markers
Collect sticks and branches roughly ½ to 1 inch in diameter. Using a standard kitchen peeler, remove a small amount of the bark on one end of the branch, until you have a flat surface. Using a permanent marker, write the name of the crop vertically on this exposed section. Note: If the wood is still green, allow the branches to dry overnight after peeling to ensure the sap dries.
Use clothespins and a permanent marker to make these simple crop markers. Add a pop of color by painting your clothespins! Clip the clothespins onto a small twig driven into the soil and you’ve got a quick and easy way of identifying what lives where in your garden!
Wooden tongue depressors, also known as popsicle sticks, can be directly driven into the soil to mark individual plants or rows. Although their tan color should differentiate them from soil and branches, feel free to paint them, style them, or cover them in colored wax to waterproof them while giving them a new vibrant color.