More Label Ideas..etc
I should have added my two pennies worth of ideas on this topic while
the discussion was fresh!
I have been using a paint marker pen for the last 3 years, while the
destructed in the sun, the writing remained clear and unfaded. The pen
'Artline 444 XF' paint marker for outdoor use, nib thickness 0.8mm -
the pen says that this is 'extra fine', I don't think it is because I
can't get all the info I
need on my regular plastic tags. I got the pens from a wholesale
place in Calgary, I can send their address if anyone wants it, they will
make you buy an entire box worth!! Don't worry by the time you have
left them in the sun, forgotten to put the tops on or used them to dig
holes for seedlings there won't be many left!
The other thing I am experimenting with is anodised aluminium for
labels, in the NARGS quarterly ( p.344 of vol.53 #40) there's an ad
for them but they are quite
expensive by the time exchange, duty, gst etc is tacked on, so I decided
a sheet of the stuff, 4' x 8' was the smallest size. The metal company
was kind enough to cut it into 3/4" by 7" pieces, good thing because
I ended up with 1,100 plus labels (imagine the blisters!)- the metal
company must to this day wonder who that funny lady was and still be
laughing at what I wanted with so many little pieces of aluminium.
The good news is that surface is rough enough to write on with
a 3B or 4B soft lead pencil, the surface can be cleaned off so the label
is reusable and if you get thick enough metal they don't bend
when you push them into the ground AND they were CHEAP about 15 cents
each !!! I haven't tried the paint markers on them - no point if you
need to reuse the labels. Now the downside, I couldn't find
aluminium with the same degree of roughness as the NARGS labels, so
my pencil marks aren't as dark as I would like them to be. I'm happy
but will keep searching for the 'true' rough stuff for the next batch.
who took to heart the forcasters warning of a snow storm, and
actually cleaned up(!!).... watched while only 12 flakes
of snow fell...
good thing because.....she forgot about the watering
Anne Savannah firstname.lastname@example.org
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