Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Planning and Design: Plant tags and labels

I used this BHG garden planner online and printed it to my Paperport - cropped, added text and saved! Voila! Instant garden diagram!

I have plant labels spread from one end of my desk to the other, in an attempt to update my sophisticated ziploc baggie filing system (see below), and complete the metal plant labels for each plant.
The plant labels that come with plants from the nursery often break or fade. If this is the only information indentifying a plant, especially a new one to your collection, it is essential to keep that information. I collect tags in ziploc baggies, by planting area, and then retag the actual plant with metal plant labels, including the scientific as well as common name. Then I use baseball card collector sheets, filed in a 3-ring notebook to store the nursery labels. I might also flag the plant in one of my books for easy reference later.