My favourite gardens are those which surprise you with recycled items and ornaments. Being a smallholder, one is always trying to make something out of nothing, and recently I racked my brains on how to make herb markers for my newly laid out display herb garden. After seeing some very smart herb engraved metal herb markers, I suddenly hit on an idea....
I HATE throwing tins away, and so hoard them until I find a use for them, but I have never found a use for the round ends which come off with a tin can opener....that is, until TODAY!!!
Thyme herb marker
I rushed into my workroom, found a few tin can lids, took a small hammer and a nail. After marking the name of a herb in permanent marker, I began hammering away, etching the name with nail and hammer. I then made a larger hole at the top, through which I threaded a thick wire which served as a support, and...Viola! I had a herb marker made out of recycled material! It does take concentration, cramping fingers and some toil, but the result is well worth the effort. Well, I think so, anyway!