Do you keep a garden journal for monitoring your plants? While I have had indoor plants and a garden for many years, I had never considered monitoring them or keeping a journal with information about them. I didn’t really consider it until I started sharing pieces of my plants with friends and family that I realized I might need to be more organized with my information. It isn’t that I don’t have the information; it was available in the form of invoices, seed packages, and emails that I have kept for ages, making it challenging when I get questions about clippings or need to look up the name of a specific plant (especially some of my succulents when it comes to trading with others).
Knowing I had to start getting more organized, this seemed the perfect time to assemble a plant journal. Being someone who loves pretty, well-laid-out planners and journals, I was excited when I had the opportunity to review a new book – The Garden Journal: A 5-Year Record of Your Home Garden, by Linda Vater. Once my new complimentary journal arrived, I couldn’t wait to share this book with everyone!
The Garden Journal: What Is it?
Are you looking for a journal to start monitoring your garden? If so, we think you will love The Garden Journal: A 5-Year Record of Your Home Garden. Here is what the publisher has to say about this new book:
Chronicle life in your garden with this elegant 5-year journal full of tracking tools, planning space, gardening guidance, and inspiration.
Compiled by garden personality and QVC host Linda Vater, The Garden Journal is an essential record-keeping tool for every gardener, no matter what you grow. From daily happenings and garden successes to plant lists, variety names, and seasonal to-dos, you’ll be able to stay organized and keep a carefully curated record of current activities and future tasks. This gorgeous, heirloom-quality journal acts as a logbook and guide through 5 years of your garden’s life. Keeping track of success and failures, wishes and wants, has never been more beautiful!
Sprinkled with season-by-season guidance, inspirational words of wisdom, and growing tips from Linda, this tastefully illustrated journal is bursting with dozens of useful charts and tables to track everything from planting dates to weather events, right along with all of the other pertinent details you need to make the most of your passion for the garden. An interior cover pocket for keeping plant tags or seed packets and a ribbon page marker further serve to help you stay organized and on task.
Included in this indispensable garden planner:
- Inventory charts for plants, seeds, and tools
- Garden planning and design pages with plenty of room for sketching
- A year-at-a-glance calendar for essential notes
- Tracking pages for pest controls, soil test results, and harvest yields
- Places to record planting dates, bloom times, and personal reminders
- Pages for noting garden measurements and dimensions, bulb-planting locations, and other tough-to-remember info
- Budget planning pages to organize garden purchases and expenses
- Daily weather and activity logs for 5 years
The Garden Journal is sure to become a treasured garden companion. With time and curation, it will hold not just precious information, but also personal thoughts and missives about all the pains and pleasures of a life spent in the garden.
What do we think of this new gardening journal? Personally, I think The Garden Journal: A 5-Year Record of Your Home Garden is everything anyone would never need from a gardening journal. It is well organized, beautiful, and designed to last with its sturdy hardcover. Each section has plenty of room to write and allows you to document everything with your plants in an easy-to-manage format, perfect for any gardener. Unlike other journals I have seen, it doesn’t have exact dates, meaning it doesn’t matter what year you start or if you somehow have to skip a year (life happens). I also love the inventory section, allowing you to keep track of your seeds and plants with ease year after year. Honestly, I consider this gardening journal a must for any plant lover!
The Garden Journal: Where to Purchase
Would you like to purchase this helpful journal for yourself or as a gift for someone special? You can find The Garden Journal: A 5-Year Record of Your Home Garden on Amazon.com for under $27. Who knew keeping track of your garden could be so easy?