If you are like me, there are many things you have to keep up with on a daily basis. I don’t know about you, but there is so much to remember I typically forget something and end up feeling guilty that I’d forgotten.Garden Planner, Journal & Log Book: I Play in the Dirt: Vegetable & Flower Gardening Journal, Planner and Log Book for Gardening Lovers (Garden Journals for Planning) (Volume 8)
That is where keeping a bullet journal comes in handy. My bullet journal is a tool I use to keep myself organized and to keep me on track for achieving my goals.
Apply the methodology behind bullet journaling to create your garden journal.
To start with, what exactly is a garden journal and why do you need one?
A garden journal is a record of what you have achieved in your garden as well as a place to keep your notes for future use. Using a garden journal will benefit you in many ways.
- You don’t have to remember what you did because it is written down.
- Lists of what worked well and what didn’t.
- Help to plan your garden for the next season, keeping in mind crop rotation and variation.
- Keeps your tasks organized and helps to maximize productivity.
How To Develop A Garden Journal
Set up your garden journal the same way you would your bullet journal starting with an index.
Some Pages to Include Are:
- Monthly & Weekly Spreads
- Inventory of Seeds
- Ideas for Later
- Garden Design (By Season)
- List of Planting Dates
- Lunar Calendar
- Daily, Weekly, & Monthly Observations
- Pictures/Sketches of Your Garden
- Crop Pairing
- Individual Plant/Seed Information
- Bloom/Harvest Dates
- Record of Weather
- Record of Rainfall
- Tips & tricks You’ve Learned Along The Way
Your garden journal is a tool you will use for years to come. Reap the benefits of your labor and maximize your productivity.
When I first started gardening fifteen or so years ago, I started with a traditional garden—a few rows of tilled ground with a wide variety of plants. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot and tried many diverse techniques from traditional gardening to raised beds, even verticle gardening. I’ve planted everything from trees to shrubs, herbs to vegetables, and flowers to bulbs. I’ve tried all kinds of varieties of heirlooms as well as propagating crossbreeds of my own. My journal has helped me to remember what I’ve done in the past as well as what worked and what didn’t.
Spring is right around the corner. Soon it will be time to start seedlings indoors. But before you do that, let’s establish a garden plan.16,500 Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Survival Garden 40 Variety Pack
Why do I need a plan?
If you are like me and you don’t have ample time to spend in the garden, having a plan in place will help to manage the multitude of tasks and increase your productivity. Having a plan before you begin will save you time and help you to focus on what is most important.
What is my plan?
Everyone’s plans differ as not everyone will grow the same thing. I aim to inspire you and help you find a place to begin. How extensive your plan/garden is and how much time you put into it is determined by you.
A Starting Point: Setting Up Your Journal
Notebook or Three Ring Binder
Pencils/ Pens/ Colored Pens
To begin with, start by choosing your medium. I have used both a three-ring binder and a notebook. Either one works well, and each has its pros and cons. If you want to keep your seeds together along with your binder, my suggestion is to buy a three-ring binder in a zippered casing. This way you can keep your seeds organized.
I like to carry my dot journal into the garden without the hassle of carrying around all my seed packs. My dot journal is small and easily portable. I can take it to the store with me when I go to buy seeds and check off the ones I have bought without having to create a separate list.
Now, let’s begin.
Start With An Index
An index will come in handy later when you are searching through your notes to find out what to pair beside your plants to improve their yield, or when you can’t remember the type of fertilizer you used or how long you need to wait between applications.
Next, Let’s Make A List Of Collections.
If you are using a three-ring binder, you can quickly change the order of your pages. However, if you are using a dot journal like myself, you are going to be stuck with the order you put your pages. Think ahead before putting pen to paper.
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Some Collections To Consider:
- Inventory of Seeds
- Seeds/Plants to Buy
- Compost/Fertilizer Tips
- Fertilizer Calendar
- Planting Dates
- Reaping Dates
- Garden Design For Each Season
- Plant Tags
- Garden Budget
Of course, there are many more collections you could add to this list, but this should give you some inspiration of what to include in your journal.
After you have decided what pages you want to include, it is time to start developing your plan. Do your research ahead of time, and you will increase your productivity throughout the gardening season.
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