Are you scribbling and planning your wishlist plants or planning out your seasonal vegetable garden? Then a garden journal is what you are looking for. Be it a blank notebook or a tailored journal, the enthusiasm with which one approaches garden entries makes for hours of fun.
Journals help you with the things we often forget i.e. which plant is prone to which pest, when to repot, how to rotate vegetables and so much more. Let us take a look at what you should be including and what the market has to offer.
What to look for in a gardening journal
A garden journal can be anything from a diary to a detailed guide. Some people, myself included, prefer the process of putting pen to paper as it allows you the luxury of compiling information from different sources in one place. It also works as a mood board of sorts for future projects.
If you prefer a journal that prompts you to remember to prune, water, plant, and fertilize, then make sure to include this in your wishlist when scrolling through the options.
Here is a list of sections that make it into my journal:
- Watering schedule
- When to propagate
- Past pest/disease problems
- Dead: What it died from
- When to sow
- When to deadhead
- When to harvest seed/fruit
- When to remove and compost
- When to sow
- When to harden off
- When to plant/harvest
- Crop rotation
- Compatibility Chart
- What to plant in Spring/Summer/Winter
- Which pests hatch when
- Which bulbs will need pest protection
- When to go about changing out soil/fertilizer.
Optional extra: Weather tracker
Each section helps guide you through the process by minimizing mistakes and remembering old ones. If you are new and would like a journal with all the tables included just scroll down.
Now we go on the hunt for some options. Don’t get me wrong; you can easily make any book work by just writing in the sections you need. It is just nice to have the tables neatly printed, prompting you to learn more.
Journals on the market:
- Garden Planner Journal & Log Book: Plant Record Notebook, Garden Journal Gardening Notebook, Planting Schedules, Yearly Garden Planner. By Adrista Notebook
- Essential Garden Design Workbook. By Rosemary Alexander and Rachel Myers
- Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Journal. By Frank Lloyd Wright
- RHS Gardening Through the Year - Month-by-month Planning Instructions and Inspiration. By Ian Spence
Free online design
A second option and one preferred by many collectors is an online catalogue or design. This is one of the reasons that Candide’s profile of Saved items including posts, articles and guides are so valuable. It allows you to pop on the app and search through your saved folder for the tips you require.
If you are like me, you also like to play around with designing a space. Gardena's garden planner allows you to do just that and it is free! The software is easy to use on any PC or iPad, just shuffle the icons around and print when ready. No-fuss and endless possibilities for the creative-minded beginner.
A quick design using Gardena garden planner. Link in the description below.