A Home for Plant Labels

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Label2HERE’S what to do with your plant labels, since Amy asked.
They belong, as she correctly noted, NOT in the frickin’ garden, but in
your GARDEN BOOK, which I know you all have because you’re serious
gardeners. Now in the unlikely event that I’m wrong about your garden
books, I’ll wax rhapsodic for a while about my own, if you don’t mind.

Picture me, if you will, showing people around my garden.  They ask about a plant and I can tell them exactly
what it is and they can go buy one of their own. Visitors love it when
gardeners can do that! Or if I want one more of something, I can buy
one more of the same plant because I know what it is.  See how this
works? When someone asks how fast a plant grows I can tell them oh, I
bought it in 2002, so there you see three years of growth.  Again,
nifty information to have at your fingertips.  Same goes for where I
bought a plant or whether the nursery thinks it’s drought-tolerant or
not.  See, it’s all there in THE BOOK.

How it works is real simple.
I make a page for each plant that’s currently in the garden and I tape
the label to it, then write down the date of acquisition and the
source.  If there’s no label I write what I know about the plant, from
whatever source.  I have a tab for annuals, perennials, shrubs and
trees. If I’m super busy, I just tuck the label in the book until I
have more time – like winter. 

Now at the risk of seeming a
tad compulsive, maybe a Myers-Briggs type J (guilty as charged),  I’ll
mention in passing that I also have binders for bulbs, for plans, and
for miscellaneous gardening information.  But please, readers, don’t hate me because I’m organized.

1 COMMENT

  1. I don’t hate you for being organized, but I am a little “green” with envy over the information you have in your books. I just tack all my plant tags up on a bulletin board in the garage. I also have spreadsheets with seed lists for each year, and I record a few notes in a 10 year garden journal. (I am on year 6). But all this seems scattered and haphazard compared to your system. I am a “J” as well!

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