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After considering my garden marker options in a recent post, we cut some ceramic tiles for use in the garden beds.  As far as I can tell so far, ceramic tiles are an ideal medium with which to signpost your plantings.
You need the largest size rectangular tile you can get ...and a tile cutter long enough to accommodate the tile's length. Some skill is required to use the tool but if you can handle the slice-ing motion there's little waste.
Anyone interested in obtaining these markers without cutting their own should be able to get them from  the new shop at Artrageous Community Arts in Deagon. We hope to make up bundles for sale as a fundraiser. Some may be decorated with mosaic for that extra zing in the garden beds.
All things considered these markers should last a very long time sitting in the dirt despite  all weathers. If you accidentally bury them they are soon enough resurrected.

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Comment by Dave Riley on April 25, 2014 at 10:53

The complication is that a horizontal 'sign' affixed to the top of the strip is a weak join in the construction.We'll trial it as that was the plan -- but it will be a weak point and may not be necessary. 

Another option is to cut slim triangular markers but that's wasteful of your tiles and more challenging in way of skills with the cutter tool. 

Nonetheless, thus far, the vertical signage is easy to read as the strips are wide enough for a large font size. If you write small you could write your tags horizontally -- or even cut broader strips(eg: 4cm wide).

As for a cover...I've found that anything taken on and off will fall off. You also would be mixing your materials which in itself would be a complication. 

My thinking was primarily about easy of DIY, reliability, sustainability, durability and longevity. And ceramic ticks all those boxes. Ceramic also  can supply many markers quickly. We're talking cutting 40-50 in less than an hour...So you can see the advantages of getting access to a tile cutter to generate your own supply.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 25, 2014 at 7:35

The 'option' I meant was geographical location. Suits some, not others. You get that.

Reading labels that are vertical is quite a challenge if you have a lot of them. The little yellow markers I can just pick up but then, they don't poke their hands above the mulch much. A horizontal space would be more readable but less practical to make.

If they were long enough they could certainly hold up a cover of some sort.

Comment by Lissa on April 25, 2014 at 5:45

I would be interested in coming for a look once you have some for sale Dave. Let us know when that time arrives please.

We send some of our young disabled groups to Artrageous for activities so I would like to come take a look myself, not having had the chance to accompany them yet.

What would be the best choice for writing on these? Something that would wipe off with metho etc?? to allow reuse of the post.

Comment by Dave Riley on April 24, 2014 at 21:41

Compared to other options I think these are much more reliable. They aren't designed to prettify necessarily like so many fashionable cottage garden style markers. And you can write what you need. 

if anyone has any suggestions as to tweaks we can make to the basic design please let me know.

  • we considered little sign posts at the top but would they be really necessary? All you'd be doing would be offering a horizontal label option.
  • maybe we could affix different coloured tiles to he top of each strip so that you'd have a coding choice. I'm thinking: sort of like maybe green for April. Blue for may. Yellow for June....
  • the other prospect that came to mind was using these strips to 'surround' a plant in order to protect it or as a structure to hold up something covering the seedling.
  • with the tiles we used there is plenty of room to write stuff, at least on one side of the tile -- depending on your font size.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 24, 2014 at 21:39

Good move. Deagon is not really an option though.

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