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Garden Rolodex

Preempt your garden-center amnesia by creating a portable garden index on a key ring.
Martha Stewart Living, July 2011

Trim a plant tag at its base, place it photo-side up on a shipping tag, and staple it near one end so you can easily read the flip side. Group the tags on key rings, and make notes about where you sited the plants in the garden or pots.

Shipping tags (similar to shown), 5 3/4 inches by 2 7/8 inches, $29.37 for 1,000, by Avery; officeworld.com.

Comments (3)

  • Julie23 2 Aug, 2011

    This is so simple, can't believe I didn't think of it before. I keep the tags and markers from plants, grouped by garden area, in little plastic bags, on hooks in the garage. But I like the keychain idea better; less fumbling. However, repurposing sturdy discarded notepaper, such as old Christmas cards (or index cards, per the previous poster) is more centsible!

  • Izzie 2 Aug, 2011

    This is a great idea. I always end up losing or breaking the plant markers. I'm going to use it for my seed packets also. Thanks for another great idea!

  • nblack 2 Aug, 2011

    This is a nice idea. I've kept index cards with plant information in a recipe box, but this is more interactive--you can the cards of plants that are growing together on the same ring. I would probably just use index cards with holes punched in them rather than spending $30 on tags.