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garden markers and cheese markers

updated sat 31 may 97


Olivia T Cavy on thu 1 may 97

Hello all-

I own a wonderful set of cheese markers. These are white, high gloss
ceramic "garden markers" about 1 1/2" wide and 3/4" high. (This was
a gift given to me in my pre-clay days, but they could easily be
They came with a black marking pen which you use to write the kind of
cheese you are serving on the cheese marker. You then plant the marker
in your wedge of cheese so you don't have to answer the question of
"What kind of cheese is this?" zillions of times. You wipe off the
label when that cheese is gone and use it again.

Clearly putting a 1 1/2" thin stake into a chunk of cheese is easier than
forcing a (much larger) garden marker into most soil, but the concept
of using a surface made of a high gloss light color glaze which can be
written on, "erased", and rewritten on, is a good one. Even with a
"permanent" marker (such as a Sharpie sold in the USA) can be
removed using a solvent, and those labels would survive rain and

Bonnie Hellman
thinking about gardening in our clay soil of Western PA
(I bought the seeds last weekend)

>Another artist and I are just finishing a major project with garden
>for our church gardens. We did (are doing) approximately 300
>markers--one for each of the species in the gardens and nature walks.
>My co-worker is also a landscape gardener--and she came up with a
>great way to stake the markers. We make the markers just like tiles,
>either rectangular or oval--each marker has two holes half-way up each
>side. Garden wire which is fairly fexible is threaded through the
>from the back and bent back around the markers, then the rest of the
>wire---approximately 10-12 inches on each side, is brought together at
>the back and twisted together in a spiral. This makes the stake--and
>be stuck right in the soil. The wire allows the marker to be set at
>angle so that it can be easily read by anyone standing up. The
>winding looks a bit decorative, and in the ground they really look
>We used a grey/buff stoneware with specks, and dark green glaze
>applied into the crevices of the letters. They look kind of mossy and
>I don't think I would want to make these to sell--at least not the way
>made ours. Lots of time invested in writing each variety on the
>Do you have a short cut method that we could employ for future
>use---we're probably going to have to do many more.
>Have fun----