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You didn’t hear it here first: garden Keeper. I got the idea from this product from the The GardenKeeper Company. But call it whatever you like: garden journal, garden organizer, garden book, garden planner. The actual GardenKeeper is $34.95. Very cute, compact and seems very useful.
On the cheap: I just bought a binder from staples, some plastic protector sheets and some stick on tabs and made one myself. I collected all the things I’ve torn out of magazines (my favorites are the gardens featured in Cottage Living) or printed from the internet, along with catalogs and forms I got from You Grow Girl and organized them in the binder.
My tabs (loosely based on the The GardenKeeper):
- Basics (info on climate, soil nutrition, maintenance, weed, disease & pest control, glossary, etc.)
- Plot (planning & plotting ideas for my garden, drawings, plans and recommended plant lists)
- Plant Lists (like a reference and wish list of various types of plants and shrubs)
- My Plants (actual plants, trees and shrubs that we have in our garden and care instructions)
- Tasks (timetables, schedules for garden prep and clean-up, etc.)
- Records (tracking progress)
The protector sheets are great for keeping the tags and markers that come with the plants that we’ve purchased. This is probably a little more organization than we need, but I like having everything in one place.
Here are some other nice garden journals.