I came across an old Garden Journal the other day.
It is a photo album, nothing fancy, just the kind with a sticky page covered with plastic. You can use almost anything you have around the house as a journal. I have even used the photo albums with the individual pockets that hold photos. I particularly like this kind as I can organize my seed packets, placing them in the pockets. After the seeds are planted I split the seed envelope apart and put the front and back in separate pockets. This allows me to see at a quick glance what I have planted and the important information provided on the back of every seed packet.
When notes are kept, use a file card, cut to size of necessary, and slip it into a pocket also. And of course take pictures of your garden's progress and slip the photos into a page. You can always find these older albums at a thrift store.
|A small section of the garden.|
Types of crops planted, maps of crops grown, and planting dates are good information to record.
|I love this!!! He even drew my HAT!|
Mom in the garden, a portrait by my 5 year old (who is now 6"1") and has flown the nest.
A Heirloom Choigga Beet
A page listing the things I hoped to get done that day.
And a mention that the day before the W-I-N-D did not blow with it's
usual gale force. Now that is worth recording!
A drawing of Heirloom tomatoes from the green house.
Journals of your gardens over the years are a joy to read as you sit by the fire
waiting for Spring!
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This is the front cover. I used a bound art book filled with recycled brown paper.
I will start today, making plans, and keeping track of seeds I am starting indoors.
This year's journal is going to be spectacular! That is if I can stop pulling weeds, watering, harvesting, transplanting trees, chasing gophers, shewing away hungry rabbits, hunting high and low for a shovel, all the other 1001 menial chores to get done, and sit down to make a few entries.
I have a large metal mail box at the farm I often keep the journal in. This is handy in the spring when I am planting so I can quickly record the crops planted before I get back to the house and forget the dates and varieties.
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