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Plant label protector

By: Garden Gate staff
Make long-lasting plant labels with this recycling tip.

Plant label protector

Rather than recycling an empty medicine bottle right away, use it to display plant labels. Start by peeling off the sticker around the bottle, making sure no gummy residue is left behind.

Once the plastic is clean, drill a small hole — just large enough for a wooden skewer — into the center of the bottle’s lid. Then type up the name of the plant, cut the label to size, slip it into the bottle, cap it and poke the skewer inside. Finally, push the fully assembled label holder next to the plant it identifies, just like at left.

The water-resistant plastic protects the paper, and with a little paint at the bottom of the skewer, the wood won’t quickly rot in the soil.

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