Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
Beginning a garden journal is a good way to review your garden throughout this season. Journaling is a tool we often fail to utilize. But it is something that not only will make your gardening more successful, it will also bring a sense of accomplishment and hours of enjoyment.
If you have gardened for some time, you probably already do some informal journaling, without calling it a journal. It may be notations on last year’s calendar, a container of plant tags, or photographs of your garden in different seasons and years. Why not take this information a few steps farther and begin a journal that suits your needs?
Journaling need not be a tedious chore. It should be what you want it to be. Think about what you want to remember or know about you outdoor space and create a system that works for you. Here are several of the many approaches to garden journals:
Whatever form your journaling takes, there is no time like now to start. If you have expansive gardens and the task seems overwhelming, start small with one bed, a new bed you are creating, or a new method you are experimenting with this year. Plan to use our hot summer days or cold winter months to build on your efforts. Happy journaling!
On line resources:
makeitfromscratchblogspot.com/…/create-garden-journal-guest-post (Has links to Keeping a Garden Journal, How to Keep a Garden Journal, Free Garden Pages to Print, Garden Journal Software, and Books to Purchase.)
Submited by: Joanne Ragsdale
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