Keeping a Garden Notebook

| 1/22/2018 10:53:00 AM

Tags: garden notebook, Carole Coates, North Carolina,

Winter months are made for indoor projects. What about making yourself a garden notebook? Lots of gardeners keep some kind of garden diary or journal and you can find any number of them online. But I couldn’t find anything that fit my needs. They were either too generic, too specific, too small, irrelevant, or some combination of all the above.

I decided to make my own. It's more than a journal; it's a notebook—literally. I know my notebook wouldn’t suit everyone’s needs. It's too big to lug around. Some folks like having their journal handy when they’re in the garden so they can log information on site. (If I tried to do that, my log would get so dirty and wet I couldn’t read it.) To each her own.

Preparing My Garden Notebook

I started with a discarded three-inch, three-ring binder. (bonus: I recycled.) But the tired, white cover was boring, boring, boring. I had scads of out-of-date seed catalogs, so I recycled some of their pages to make a collage for my notebook cover, which I slathered with decoupage sealer. I love my new cover. 


I filled the notebook with hole-punched notebook paper, graph paper, and tabbed dividers. I also inserted a few empty pocket pages and page protectors so I could slip in note cards, news clippings, and other documents for easy retrieval.

Using Page Protectors

One of the things I keep in a page protector is my garden diagram and plan. I create it on graph paper to ensure a relatively accurate scale. My garden plan is a multi-page project which I tape together, so a page protector is the perfect way to store it. When planting time comes, I can tell at a glance what to plant where. I save my plans from year to year, too. Having a designated, easy-to-find storage space means I know where to find them when it’s time to plan crop rotations for next years’ garden. 

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