If someone mentions the basic garden tools that every gardener should have, they tell you about hoes, trowels, shovels, and weeding tools, but how many list a garden journal? It is relegated to garden paraphernalia; peripherals for most gardeners, an after-thought jotted on forgotten notebooks.
That is how I thought of a garden journal for years.
That is, until my ironclad memory for trivia and detail began to fail me. Names of favorite bulbs I’d planted or even where I planted them, a particular cultivar of perennial that I was sure I would remember, all became harder to bring to the surface of consciousness.
I’m sure those names and places where I had planted them were stuck in there somewhere, but it was an increasingly challenging to capture those faded names that just seemed on the tip of my tongue only yesterday. The reality was that no one can invariably recall every garden plant name and detail. Not without special supernatural gifts, anyway.
Then I came across the idea of creating a garden journal that records landscaping details that stays attached to the house. Something that can be passed on to the next owner should the house and garden get sold. That is a valuable resource to attach to a house… if not in money, in time and maintenance currency.
So I wrote a page on that, and since this is the time to rev up the gardening engines (yes, my husband recently got the tiller and mowers in seasonal working order) I thought about this much ignored garden tool.
I have a few resources that will make it easier to track you info and create your hardcopy version of a garden journal for record keeping of all the important stuff you think you will remember, but should stop fooling yourself about.
Ilona’s Garden Journal has these posts:
- How Homeowners Can Use a Garden Journal
- Easy Way To Journal The Garden
- Garden Journal Template
- Ideas for Your Journal
- Make A Garden Journal
- Print Your Own
- Making Your Garden Journal
Three Pages With Resource Materials
- Handmade Garden Journal Scrapbooking Your Garden
- A Practical Garden Journal
- Free Garden Photos To Download
Those pages were all written by me, and I hope you find them helpful.