Introduce gardening into your program this year! It’s a great way to teach kids the importance of eating healthy and also help them understand the effects of climate change.
A few associates in the Marketing Department decided to grow our own vegetable garden last year here at S&S! There are garden beds at the end of the lot that are open for employees to use. Health and wellness is a goal at the company, and this is just one of the many ways they encourage staff to live healthy lifestyles.
After we decided what types of vegetables and herbs we wanted in the garden, we set out to plant. When the plants started flourishing, we came up with a few creative ways to label them!
Gather some large rocks. It works best to find flat rocks that can easily be painted. We found a few good ones around our building. You can choose to paint a picture of the veggies with acrylic paint, then add the name over it or to the side. You can also just paint the names, or just the picture. There are so many fun options for painting rocks! Once you are happy with your designs and they are dry, cover them with outdoor Mod Podge for a coating. Since they will be outdoors, this step is important. Now you can display them in the garden! Here is a photo of our eggplant, zucchini, jalepeno, and pepper.
We found these plant sticks with different shapes and patterns. They are perfect for labeling veggies or plants in the garden. Use acrylic paint or marker to write the names of the veggies. Then add fun designs, like polka dots, or trace the designs that are pre-printed on the wood. Add outdoor Mod Podge so the paint doesn’t wash away in the rain. Place them in your garden. We used these for the tomatoes, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, and pretty soon…sunflowers!
We love how there are so many different DIY options for paint sticks, and garden labels are no exception! We used them to label our herbs; mint, thyme, basil, cilantro, and scallions. For more advanced crafters, you can use a small paintbrush to draw each herb at the top of the paint stick. Then, with paint or marker, write the name of the herb with each letter going down the paint stick. Let them dry, then add the outdoor Mod Podge to seal them. Display next to each herb in your garden.
Share your favorite ways to label your garden in the comments below!