Happy Monday and welcome to the third installment of my new weekly summertime series, “Not of the garden variety," that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry. 

Now that I've featured heirloom-quality hand tools and garden-appropriate hats and gloves, it's time to get organized with a few eye-catching, veggie- and herb-identifying markers and stakes. Sure, you can buy dozens of the white, plastic disposable ones for cheap but that's certainly no fun. The markers below — several are made from sustainable materials — will last through numerous seasons and add a dash of personality to otherwise average of plots.  

And — as evidenced on Etsy — cutesy handmade garden markers are all the rage. Have you tried your hand at making garden markers out of found/household materials like popsicle sticks, milk jugs, stonesaluminum duct tape, vinyl blinds, and recycled wire hangers? Feel free to share any DIY plant marker suggestions in the comments section below!

Recycled Barnwood Garden Markers by Andrew's Reclaimed @ Etsy ($38/40)

Custom Terracotta Markers by JustWork @ Etsy ($20/6)


Pigeon Toe Ceramic Herb Garden Stakes @ Pigeon Toe Ceramics ($8/each; $9, custom)

Hardwood Garden Stakes @ Terrain ($9.95)

Chalkboard Garden Stakes by Candy Stripe Cloud @ Supermarket ($19.95/4)

Pamela Barksy Garden Markers @ Daytrip Society ($12/6)

Rumford Gardener Plant Marker Set @ Landscapers Store ($16.99)

Terracotta Plant Labels @ Terrain ($8.95)

Vintage Silverware Garden Markers by Monkeys Always Look @ Etsy ($42/6 customized markers)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Not of the garden variety: Stakes/markers
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