Monday, June 27, 2011

The garden meets the Scrapbook Journal

I wrote down what I remembered about the 2010 garden before starting the 2011 information.
Last year I wished I'd kept a detailed garden diary so this Spring I started a section in my Scrapbook Journal.

If I had a bigger garden, I'd create a journal just for it but this works great.

I don't know why I didn't think of this last year, it is so easy to write it all down.

The date in parenthesis is the harvest date according to instructions.

I had to make a page for raised bed #5 when hubby built it.

I have left a couple extra pages blank to write out what worked, what did not, when items were harvested, etc.

So far it is working nicely and is so simple to use... I love simple.

In case you have never seen other pages from my Scrapbook Journal... below are a few pages to give you an idea of how I use it...

I use it to write recipes... in this case, I made lists and wrote out recipes I used for our graduation open house.  Wow, that seems like only yesterday!

My main stock up list gets added to in the Journal.

I use my Journal to write favorite quotes and Bible verses, too.

There was nearly a year when I didn't write much at all but a couple months ago I dusted it off... all a part of my year to Create!

Of course, it all got started a few years ago when my precious friend, Jewels, showed her Scrapbook Journal and I was smitten.

A link to hers can be found... here.  

Past posts about my Scrapbook Journal can be found... here.
These posts have links to other blogger's Scrapbook Journals, too.

Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them.


Vee said...

I had a simple page drawing of flowers for last year for the first time. This year, I purchased a garden journal for .95 in the discount bin. It's great for knowing what plants are what. I had not thought that I could add planting dates, blossoming dates, and harvesting dates. Duh! I love your pretty pictures and I'm sure that your journal is very helpful. I have a household journal, a recipe journal, a quotes journal, and the little garden journal. Combining them into one large journal might mean that I could find it.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I do this too! I love to journal here but don't do it every day. I am going to add details about my garden in there as well.

I adore is lovely to find so many lovely kindreds everywhere!


Kimberly said...

A few of my Everything Books were stored during The Endless Move. I was just rereading one last week. It was from when I was pregnant with Dumpling. It was a lot of fun to read! Amazing how life has changed...

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Brenda dear,

You will come to treasure (and use) this scrapbook.


Sharon ( I do the same thing)

Gumbo Lily said...

I really do like this idea. I did a scrapbooky journal once when I was inspired by Jewel's. I still keep a journal, but don't always add the pretty pictures. I should. You're inspiring me to do it again. Thank you, Brenda!


Shan said...

Dearest Brenda,

What a wonderful idea about keeping track of your garden in a beautiful journal.

So many times I go to get seeds and have forgotten the variety that I grew last year. I also have a hard time remembering the approx. harvest date...I tend to want to go out-of-town just when I should be staying home to can and freeze the bounty of my garden.

You seem to be in a very creative spirit these days and I am enjoying it so very inspire me!

Yours so kindredly,
Honey Hill Farm

Grace said...

I should start a garden journal (right now it consists of scribbled notes). I like the idea of a homemakers scrapbook.

Monica said...

THis is a great idea! Pictures really help out when you are planning your garden for the next year. To remember what did well and where you planted it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cozy in Texas said...

I love this - what a great idea. My entry for June in Texas would be "everything shriveled up and died!"

Manuela@A Cultivated nest said...

This is such a good idea. I didn't keep one last year and I'm sorry I didn't because I couldn't remember which two heirloom tomatoes didn't do well (therefore I didn't buy any heirlooms this year)! I love how you added pretty pictures and it makes me smile that I recognize some of them as being in my own inspiration files.

Jennifer said...

I can see that you & I have at least a few things in common. I will be following your blog, and invite you to come visit mine if you like.

I also keep creative journals. You can see pictures of some of my pages on my blog.

I also love coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

I have been keeping only a few papers on the garden. A diagram of what is planted where and date of. List of things I want to do etc. I think a journal would be much better than papers I loose!!! :) Even notes like plant everything before June 30 cause it will be too hot to be out much would be helpful to note! I am going to start listing bloom times for flowers and bushes too. Also what was the variety of yellow tomato I loved and the other one that did not keep well? If I had written it down.... Yea, you have a good idea Brenda! Thank you Very Much! Sarah

Senkyoushi said...

I love your scrapbook journals. I put up a link to them.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea! I have dreams of a large garden next year. It will be a "learn as you go" project. (smile) I can see how helpful a journal would be for this and many of my other endeavors.