Slate Garden Labels

A rummage around the barn yielded a stash of old roofing slates and I thought they’d make sturdy plant labels. Thus far I’ve only made a few and those are primarily for perennial herbs. I like the idea of making them for all the annual vegetables we grow, and leaving a space beneath the vegetable name to add the specific variety in chalk or wax pencil, something removable that would survive the rain and could be changed from year to year.

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4 thoughts on “Slate Garden Labels

  1. Thanks Michelle. Our roof is being redone at the moment, so we’ve hundreds of Penrhyn slates to play with. It’ll take me a lot of practise to get some looking as great as yours… calligraphy never has been one of my strong points. Anyway, thanks again for sparking an idea!

  2. Thanks Neil. The hand lettering was done with a thin, sable, signpainter’s/artist’s brush and japan paint, but I don’t see why thinned acrylic wouldn’t work just as well.

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