Homemade 3-Year Gardening Journal

I love the idea of having a gardening journal that will last for several years. To be able to look at the same week for three years in a row sounds really great to me, because as I am really just starting out and learning what I am doing I think it will be invaluable to compare notes whether things go right, or wrong. I looked at journals to buy, and there were some really beautiful ones, but to be honest, I know it would bother me to see them get dirty. So I did what any self-respecting do-it-yourselfer would do, and made my own. I bought an inexpensive spiral bound sketchbook, drew some straight lines, and started filling it in. I think I am really going to like it, and it’s kind of fun to make notes of exactly what is happening. I also think it will be neat to look back after a couple of years and see how much I have learned. I have used one page for each week of the year, and left the back side blank to be able to make additional notes if necessary. I plan on using the back of the pages to keep all of the info of the seeds etc. so that I can use the chart to mostly measure progress and what we are doing. Do any of you use a gardening journal? Any tips on things for me to do? Oh, and as a side note, see the green grass in the background? Yesterday it turned green, for the first time this year there is finally some green around, wohoo! I think we are well on our way to spring. Unfortunately our last frost free date for planting is June 1st, so it’ll still be a little while till I can get anything in the ground. Well, we’ve got a busy day today, so I’m off. Enjoy your day, I hope it’s a great one.

books, gardening • Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 • 9 Comments »
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9 Responses to “Homemade 3-Year Gardening Journal”

  1. The only thing I would add is photos, so you can compare how things have (or haven’t) grown.

  2. kendra says:

    what a terrific idea! i don’t know that i am organized enough to pull it off! : )

  3. Sue says:

    What a good idea, you are more organized than me.

  4. Courtney says:

    I have a journal where I jot down notes, but I love your ideal of having 3 years worth of weeks right next to each other for easy comparison. If I can get myself organized, I might try to do the same thing. šŸ™‚

  5. Lisha says:

    What a fantastic idea! Very organized.


  6. Wendy says:

    What a great idea – you are doing very well to be so organised!
    We don’t have a journal as such, but do have a big old year diary, which has lasted prob 12 years or so. In this my husband just jots brief (one word!) notes about what is happening in the yard at that time. Things like, what has been planted, what’s flowering, how much rain we’ve had, what native animals we have spotted etc. etc. Sounds like a lot of input, but over the years these few words jotted down have built up a pretty good picture of how we (and the acres we own) have evolved.
    I think what you’re doing is fabulous, you’ll find you and the children become more motivated and involved in your activites.

  7. toasted says:

    Fabulous idea! Im just getting started on some much-bigger-than-usual gardening endeavours too so I might have to copy your fine idea.

  8. Great stuff. Perhaps a little off topic, but would you mind if I write something about this on my tomato plant blog? I will of course, cite original source and link back to your page.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Cothron, feel free to link to my post, thanks for asking.

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