When we bought our first house we hadn’t even been the house for one week and my Mom showed up with her tiller and garden tools. We quickly plotted out a garden and got to work (We moved into our house in June….late for the planting season!). We got my entire garden in that day and that night my Mom started my very first Garden Journal. She is a Master Gardener and has kept a journal for years of all of the gardens that she grows.
Why keep a Garden Journal?
This is a great tool to keep records of previous years bounty, and failures. When I look back through my journal I can see when I planted each year, what I planted, what worked, and what didn’t. This is helpful because I can learn from my successes and mistakes. Every year I bring my journal with me when I pick out seeds and plants. Plus, I love the visual part of this journal.
Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping a Garden Journal
You can find a TON of cute journals HERE
Here is how I keep my journal organized:
(Of course I had to decorate the cover)
On some pages, I tape the packets of seeds that I planted.
This way I know exactly which brand of seed I used.
Also, the directions and planting zones are all listed should I ever need to reference that information.
I always include a drawing of my garden and label all of the rows as I plant them (please excuse my chicken-scratch writing!)
I include the receipts as well, so I can also keep tabs on how much I spend each year.
This helps me set up my garden budget year to year.
Aside from all of the seed packets, and plant tags…I also actually journal.
I write about the weather and the goings-on in my environment.
I like to include things like: when the birds came back, the frogs songs starting up, and the weather when I planted.
After the growing season I look back and add in tips on what did well and what didn’t so I know what to pick next year.