Magazine article Sunset

Grow a Garden Journal

Magazine article Sunset

Grow a Garden Journal

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It keeps track of plant labels, seed packets, and more

When a friend asked me how long pressure-treated posts last in my garden, I confidendy answered, "Ten years." I know this because I keep a garden journal. It remembers the important things I would forget-things that help me grow plants successfully.

I assembled the journal in a large three-ring binder with front and rear pouches. Then I filled it with the following materials from a stationery store for about $60 (but you could do it for less if you shop wisely).

Graph paper for garden plans

Wide-ruled paper for notes

Four vinyl pouches for labels, seed packets, drawing tools, and dried flowers

Tabbed dividers

Vinyl pockets to hold magazine clippings

Organizational scheme

I break my journal into the sections that follow, but you could arrange yours by month.

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. In these four sections, I record what goes on from season to season. …

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