Labels for seed pots

Richard Eggenberger
Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:00:29 PST
Dear Roger,

After 50 years of experimentation I have come up with something that might
be  useful.  It is really not very costly and I have found it to be durable
even in the intense heat of southern India.  I don't know about commercially
available labels in the U.S. but others have written to you about them.  I
have had to find scrap aluminum pieces and have them cut to the size I need
which is not difficult to do and the aluminum doesn't deteriorate.

My solution for labeling is this:  I purchased a Brother PT-1830 label maker
from Image Supply. The machines are not expensive.  I also purchased a
refurbished model PT-1830 to have as a second machine and it works
perfectly.  The labels come in varying widths and the machine prints three
sizes so you can get more information on a label if you use the smallest
size.  The label maker is very easy to use.  I purchased the TZ industrial
labels that have an excellent adhesive and after a year in the baking sun I
still can't pull them off even though many of the plastic labels I initially
used have broken in the extreme heat.

I hope this may be of some interest to you.

All the best,

Narad, Richard Eggenberger

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 6:41 AM, <> wrote:

> I'm about down to the last of my labels and seeds are starting to arrive,
> elach
> packet of which will need a label in the seed pot. Can anyone recommend a
> reliable source of 4" plastic labels with a matte finish that takes pencil
> well?
> A quick attempt to find such with Google leads to any number of suspects,
> but
> no one says "pencil works with these." One place extolled how smooth their
> labels are, which in my experience is precisely what you don't want if
> using
> pencil.
> Why pencil? Because it never fades, unlike every felt-tipped marker I've
> ever
> tried.
> If the labels you recommend don't go brittle and break when exposed to
> sunlight
> (at least, if they don't do so too soon!), I will be your friend forever.
> This
> may be an alarming prospect for some of you, so if you prefer, I will be
> your
> un-friend forever.
> --
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
> on beautiful Vancouver Island
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