Garden Journal types and blogs

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Planning ahead with a garden journal can save you time and money. The journal will serve as a reference later, on what worked well and didn’t in your garden. You can record information such as where and when you planted seeds, pruning and fertilizing schedules, garden supply resources and web sites.

There are many journal options:

a. Homemade – decorate a plain composition book and add document envelopes to hold loose pages.

b. Shoebox – organize seed packets.

c. Homemade binder with printable pages.

d. Hand-covered store bought.

e. Software

f. On-line garden planners.

 

What can you journal?

There are so many topics here, that I probably missed one or two! Weather, locations of plantings, seed packet information, seed starting dates, photos, garden quotes, perennial dates, magazine clippings, websites, wish lists, chore lists to name a few.

Here are some different types of journals that I found:

Catalog your seed collection: Get your shoebox of seeds organized so you know what you have available to plant this year and when you should plant it.

Create a list of plants and seeds you’d like to grow – A Garden Planner

Record Keeping Journal: Includes current gardening information and planning tools such as garden layouts, visual references such as pictures (magazine clippings) bloom types and colors.

Garden Organizer: Grouped by plant type or location by color or season.

Photo Album: This form of garden journal lets you store garden picture details of plants and activities. A popular use of this type is to take digital photos of your plants through each stage of their growth. You can review what weeds look like so that you don’t actually cut the flowers by mistake.

Here are some blogs I found:

http://davesgarden.com/community/journals/

http://gardeninglaunchpad.com/

http://gardening.about.com/

http://www.thegardeningblog.co.za/gardening-journal/

 

~Sallie

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