So I was sent this totally cool label maker back in October last year. As you know in Autumn there’s not really much sowing going on so I only managed to break it out of its box earlier this year. I did look at its crazy-looking interface and it did cross my mind that it might be a little complex for My Tiny Plot’s needs. But actually, as it turns out, I was wrong. If it’s growing then I’ve made a label for it.
I do love my wooden seed tags. And I do like to give my garden that ‘Victorian kitchen garden’ look. Call me old-fashioned but that’s the way we roll here. So I’ve found that I don’t use the printer to make labels for the main garden. But what I do use it for is to label all the seedlings in my coldframe, indoor sowings, and in the seed bed. And it’s brilliant!
It works like a typewriter, you type in the type of vegetable and then the variety. You can even opt to date stamp everything if you like. Then you choose a text size and hit the print key. The label comes out as a sticker and you can then add it to all kinds of different plant labels: the stick it in the soil type or even the wrap it around a branch type that you get on fruit trees.
And…I’m sorry to say that the poor old label maker has spent the whole Winter in my dark and damp potting shed but it still functions! I was actually in shock when I switched it on.
The printer itself is quite affordable (£24.95 ex VAT) but it looks like the plant labels are quite expensive (similar price!). You could cut up a milk bottle to make strips of plastic and stick the labels to that I suppose.
Anyway, in an effort to be transparent I will say that I’m not being paid to say this – although I think I should :) But the printer was sent to me for free. And hey, if you get something for free then you’re always a bit more inclined to like it aren’t you.
Anyway, I thought I’d let you see my new toy and ask you how you label up your seedlings?