In the very beginning, God established the garden as our only food source. In the last century, we have strayed from this concept and have found that (behind our backs) seeds are being manipulated, chemicals are sprayed by the gallons and much of the store bought food is no longer the Eden it should be for our bodies.
Thankfully, the truth is spreading and many people are getting back to their "roots". Some have always been fascinated with growing their own produce while others are just beginning to dabble in the dirt. No matter where you are in your gardening journey, it helps to have an organized place to record all your notes, lists and needs. Would you like to create a gardening journal? Think of it as your own personal almanack!
We are offering our Regency inspired printable for those of you who appreciate simple systems. There are many wonderful, detailed and computerized programs out there, but this is for the plain-Jane folks :) I noticed that if I keep things basic in my life, then I actually follow through with my plans.
List of recommended supplies:
- Three Ring Binder
- Plastic Sheet Protectors
- Adhesive Tabs with Writable Inserts or Preprinted Monthly Tabs
- Our Free Printable (see below)
For someone like myself (a novice), a journal like this is a motivation! It helps me to stay focused and remember what needs to be done and when. Life can get busy and months can go by until you finally realize that the time to sow a certain seed has already passed! Once you have your journal for the first year established, the following years will be a breeze as you adjust your notes and begin to fine-tune your operation.
This binder system is set up and tabbed in monthly increments. The printable includes a cover page insert, spine label insert, gardening pages organized by month and a back cover page insert.
Some suggestions for using this journal:
- Record what seeds should be planted (indoors and outdoors) in the proper month in the "A Time to Plant..." section provided for in each month.
- Record which and when specific garden chores should be done in the "To Do List/Notes" section in the appropriate month. This would also be the place to comment on pest problems/solutions, frost dates/weather patterns, transplanting dates/first fruits, etc.
- Another idea would be to print out (or clip out of magazines) informative articles and include these in your journal for guidance. For example, the March "To Do" List for Gardeners that Deep Roots at Home posted would be helpful for your "March" section. For August, you can print out their "What to do in August?" list and file that behind the "August" tab. September is the time to prepare the fall garden and you might want to include a copy of this post in your journal as well. I think you get the idea!
- Sketch out your spring/summer and fall/winter gardening plans and include these in your journal. The following year, these drawings can help you to rotate your plants accordingly to maximize your harvest.
- Perhaps there are some gardening projects that you want to attempt. Here is a great place to store these ideas (behind the "Garden Projects" tab found at the end of the printable). When you need some inspiration, flip through your binder!
Either way you utilize your gardening journal, my hope is that it will encourage you to grow your own food and feed your family in the same way our dear, great-grandparents, Adam and Eve did.
Note: January/February is a good time to order seed catalogs since you have those cozy moments to reflect and dream indoors. Here is a good place to gather some gardening inspiration and information to start the new year off with purpose. Here you will find some great reasons for planting a garden.
"She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard."
~ Proverbs 31:16
You may also be interested in our other (printable) organizational tools: "Good Steward Record Binder", "Inspirational Recipe Book", Pantry Labels, Laundry Room Labels, and/or a Baking Basics Jar Set. Artwork for this project was provided by The Graphics Fairy, Reading, Roses & Prose along with lovely drawings by Kate Greenaway. This post was originally shared at: Deep Roots at Home.
Simply download from HERE and print. Please let me know if you have any problems printing.
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