If you love to garden you will find keeping a Garden Journal a very handy reference for all your gardening activities such as when you planted your herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees; when you fertilized them; harvesting times and so on. You don't have to be a great journal writer, any notes you make can be as simple or as detailed as you like. Adding photos or clippings of your plants or drawing them gives life to your pages and makes your entries easy to see.
Adding clippings of useful information to your journal such as I've done with the 'How to Test Your Soil' chart which I found on the Internet helps to keep them in a place where they can be easily found when needed.
This clipping of 'Three Year Crop Rotation' I added to my journal recently is already proving very helpful with preparing the vegetable garden beds for the next planting. Drawing small pictures around the borders is a lot of fun and adds a personal touch to your journal. As you can see the drawings I've done are really nothing more than doodling. You don't have to be a great artist to draw pictures of vegetables, flowers, herbs, watering cans or rakes but whatever you manage to do will serve as a pictorial reference alongside any notes you write about the plants.
To begin your journal all you need to purchase is an A4 visual diary - this is a good size to paste photos and clippings into - some glue, a pen and a pack of coloured pencils. When you come in from the garden and sit down to a cup of herb tea or even a glass of wine you can jot down notes about the activities you did and cut and paste pictures of your plants from magazines or the tags from your plants into your journal beside your notes.
Keeping a Garden Journal gives you information you can refer back to whenever you want to check on what has been done or needs to be done to your flower garden, medicinal or culinary herb garden, orchard, or even shrubs and trees you've planted around your property.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.