December 10, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Winter is a great time for planning, dreaming, and collecting your ideas for recording in a garden journal. There’s no “garden variety’ garden journal. One person’s journal may be solely for record keeping while another’s might be a chronicle of experiences, a memory book–or both. Whether it be a depository for garden thoughts and dreams or simply a reference tool, many gardener’s feel that their journals are indispensable.
Moleskine’s Garden Journal Gift Box includes Gardening Journal, Gardening Pockets, 12 Seed Envelopes.
Your journal can be as simple as a loose leaf binder or as deluxe as you like. You can make it yourself or purchase one like Moleskine’s Gardening Journal. The journal can contain pockets for receipts and envelopes for seeds, photos, momentos of yourself. Your garden journal is a reflection of you.
Your Garden Journal May Include
• Planting and transplanting dates for seeds and plants
• Birds and the bees: wildlife observations, pollinators and pests
• Favorite suppliers and costs for seeds, plants, other materials
• Mother Natures’s patterns and cycles: weather details like rainfall and frost dates
• Plant characteristics, germination, bloom, harvest dates
• Fertilizer types and dates applied
• Reference materials: articles, magazine clippings, book lists, course materials, favorite websites (like Urban Gardens!)
• Garden plan: perhaps to scale on graph paper or drawn free hand including layouts of beds and plantings
• Daily and weekly activities
• Recipes for harvested veggies and herbs
• Wish list: a future pond or fountain, fence or pergola, new furniture or garden sculpture
Benefits of Keeping a Journal
• Makes you observant
• Helps you to expand on your ideas
• Keeps you from losing ideas, pictures, receipts
• Lets you to track your progress, view accomplishments, learn from mistakes
A Personal Journey
Whatever you choose to record in your journal, it will all be there for you to look back on at a later date: your feats and failures, your best and worst laid plans, a personal keepsake and place of reflection and education. Perhaps inside is a “mood-board” of colors and textures you hope to incorporate in a future plan. You may have ollected photos taken with your phone or digital camera, gathered momentos of your travels to other gardens. Whatever your garden journal is to you, it will certainly be more than a record of your garden, it will be a snapshot of you.
Do you have a garden journal? Please comment below and share with us how you use your journal!
Moleskine Gardening Gift Box $59.95
This 7 x 10.25 inch boxed set includes:
• 240-page Gardening Journal with embossed cover.
• 3 Ribbon placeholders
• Double expandable inner pocket to stash soil articles and other clippings.
• Informative pages with plant and pot information
• Garden logs
• 5 Themed sections
• 202 Adhesive labels
• 10 Additional blank acid-free paper pages
• Gardening Pockets
• 12 Seed Envelopes
Moleskine Passions Gardening Journal $19.95
Just the 240 page journal.