Using a Rock as a Garden Marker: A Plastic Free Container Garden Tip

Posted on Feb 16 2011 - 3:39am by Mike Lieberman

This is my second post for’s Plastic-Free February. Last week, I showed you my kitchen and how I do my best to avoid storing food in plastic containers and the challenges that I’m facing.

This week, I want to show a small tip that I’ve started to use in my balcony garden to reduce some of my plastic usage. I know that I’m growing food in plastic containers in and have already covered that issue.

This post is about using new or unnecessary plastics in the garden. What I’ve been doing is using a rock as a garden marker.

Marking what I’m planting and where has been something that I’ve done a horrible job at. By horrible I mean that I haven’t been doing it at all. I know that I’m planting lettuce, but not sure of the kind of lettuce. Total disrespect of the plant.

I actually got this idea from a friend of mine who was doing this. When I was riding my bike around my neighborhood, I collected the rocks.

It’s a simple (and stylish) way to create garden markers for your container garden without using any plastic.

What are your plastic free garden tips?


  • Anonymous

    I just use ice pop sticks.

  • The Crimson Pirate

    We like to use winter dead fall branches, sticks, and the cane like stems of Jerusalem Artichokes for tomato supports, markers, and whatever else we can. We also use rocks. We might as well do something useful with them since we dig up so many preparing the garden.

  • Lhspirited

    I like the 12 inch wood plant labels. You can actually see them. I had a hard time finding them, so I bought a huge box of them and started selling them myself.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. That’s entrepreneurial.

  • Mike Lieberman

    I like the artichoke idea. Got pics of that?

  • Mike Lieberman

    Sweet. Those work great as well.

  • Monique

    I collect the wooden sticks from my son’s the icecream to write the name of the seeds on it. You can also use small terracotta pots upside down on braches. Also a lovely decorative way of knowing what you will eat later on ;o)

  • Mike Lieberman

    Creative. I likes it.

  • Meemsnyc

    The rock idea is super cute.

  • Nicole

    I love this idea – thank you!!

  • Calicofatquarter

    I’ve used old wooden spoon and wooden paint stirrers. You can easily write on them, stick them in the gound and not have to worry about them taking up space.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. I likes it.

  • Katherinekelley

    I like the idea of the rocks, but I’m thinking about using a wax pencil to write with so that next year I can reuse the rock if I change varieties. I have garden ADD and I am always trying different things. I have used ice pop sticks in the past, or craft sticks but I hate that I have to buy new ones. Rocks will eliminate that. Thanks!