Creating a Garden Journal

A few years ago I decided that I was going to keep track of my gardening.  I created a gardening binder and was on my way.  Unfortunately, that didn’t last long.  I couldn’t seem to keep up with it. 

I think that I was making it too complicated.

There is so much information that I want to keep when it comes to my garden.  I want to know what I plant, I want to know what grows well, I want to know where I am planting things, so when my children decide to remove the labels that I put out in the actual garden, I can remember what is where.  I also want to keep a record of weather, so when I think we are having an unusually long winter I can look back and see, no, it isn’t longer, it just feels like it!

This year I decided to take another stab at it, but in a much more simplified manner.

I chose to use a small notebook as my garden journal for this year.  In it I will write out what I plant, as well as a diagram as to where I am planting.  Then I plan to jot down how things grow, what the progress is, if something gets eaten by bugs or woodchucks, and the weather.

I think that having this simplified garden journal will be a large help.  I will have a record that I can look back on next year, without so many pieces of paper to keep track of in a binder.  My main concern is to keep track of the growth and how much of each plant I am actually picking from my garden, as well as weather patterns.

I have read about people keeping garden journals, and logs of everything that they grow, and I want to be able to do the same thing.  I figure if seasoned gardeners do it, it must be important!

I have been reviving my love of journaling all things lately, but have realized that I don’t want to keep everything in one journal.  I want to have them easily available for me to look for any information that I need.

Having this blog is certainly a help.  I have several years of gardening information in here that I can search for, and do search for.  But, having something in print form is appealing to me.  I am definitely a memory keeper by nature, and having a gardening journal to look back on each year will help me grow as a gardener, as well as keep the memories of each garden season available to me and eventually my kids.

Do you keep a gardening journal?  How do you plan for your garden each year?


  1. Love this idea! I usually sketch out a reminder but a place to keep the gardens history? That is a fantastic idea!

  2. Oh I know what you mean about the children moving the labels around - it's only now that the seedlings have come through that I can make a stab at guessing what ended up where!


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