So I cut myself a bunch of sticks, and shaved a flat spot onto the end of each one. Easy peasy:
I let the flat sides dry in the sun a bit while I was planting, thinking this would prevent the ink from bleeding (not sure this matters, but whatever):
Using a UV stable felt pen, label your fancy-pants marker accordingly:
How cool is that? Now I've got a lovely set of matching rustic garden markers. And they're compostable, to boot.
The remainder of the winter leeks in the foreground, with last fall's arugula and this year's garlic crop in behind.