Have you ever adopted a word-of-the-year? This is the first year I chose one … patience.
patience. I’m not very patient when it comes to terrible drivers. I’m also not very patient while waiting for us to find the Muddy Fox Farm. Actually, I’m pretty terrible at it.
Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting
soooooo…while I’m waiting to find the Muddy Fox Farm, I’m determined to learn how to become an excellent gardener. In our current home, this means I’ll have to make do with our .025 acres and grow vegetables in pots and design a few new beds for flower cutting.
and I will have a good attitude while learning. I promise.
the garden journal
First, check HERE to find out what Hardiness Zone you’re in. This will give you an idea of when to plant your seeds and/or plant your vegetables outside. I’m in Zone 7b. I also Googled the average frost date for my area. It’s about May 1st.
I chose some flowers and vegetables to start as seeds. I do plan on buying many veggies as small plants since I really don’t want to fill my living room with small green houses. The poppy seeds I will sow right into the soil very soon since they prefer that.
I’m not going to go crazy with this journal, but I did decide to use some Washi tape to use as page markers (see below) to make my life a little easier. I have an Index to help me remember what each color means. More on that below.
I like the Leuchtturm1917 journals because they come with an index in the front and all of the pages are numbered – again, it makes my life easier! As I add pages to my garden journal, I record the topic and the page number(s) in the Index. If you want more details on the Index, you can find it HERE.
I also recorded my hardiness zone, last frost date and first frost date in the front. That way I won’t have to Google it 5 million times! 🙂
I added some details about our current home – address (which I blocked out), land size and type of soil. This is also where I put my Washi tape index.
In my bullet journal, I made a master list of things (vegetables, flowers, & bushes) that I wanted to plant. From that list I chose a few things that I wanted to start as seeds. I may have tried to grow seeds 25 years ago, but definitely not recently…so I didn’t want to pick too many. Plus, my living room will act as my greenhouse since it has windows facing south and southwest – the perfect light!
I made a seed chart with lots of details. If you haven’t visited Floret Flowers blog, you seriously need to. There is SO MUCH information on that website. Really. Go there now.
I see the wisdom in recording the brand of seeds, where I bought them, etc. because if the crop is fabulous, I’ll want to do it again next year. And if they all die, I want to remember that too.
I also made a little pocket to keep all of the seed packets for reference, and another page for notes.
veggies & herbs
All of the veggies and herbs will all go into pots on my patio. I did the same thing last year, but I’m adding more pepper plants, spinach, a privacy planter (with Passion Flowers) and a bench for all of my pots.
I specifically want to add more flowers for cutting. Some of these will be from seeds, but I’ll also buy some as small plants. I want both annuals and perennials. Here are some of the ones I’m thinking about: Black Eyed Susan, Honeysuckle, Honeywart, Geraniums, Queen Anne’s Lace (I know it’s a weed, but I love it!), and Snap Dragons.
I also wanted a place to record what I did each month related to gardening, prep, planning, designing, etc. I also wanted to record general weather patterns.
I am so stinking excited about my Avocado seed!
The picture below is my side bed. It faces south and southwest, so it gets lots of sun. I haven’t filled it in yet, but I do have several things already planted here: lilac bush, two Rose of Sharons and two Hydrangias. I’m planning on adding a lot of flowers here too.
I also have a design for my larger bed out front. It has quite a few things there, but I want to move some plants and add some privacy bushes and a trellis. All of this will go on a new page.
bushes & trees
It’s nice to know when things were planted. I lost a Peony last year. It’s so strange because I thought they were pretty easy to grow. I’m hoping this note section will help me do better this year!
Well, that’s it so far. I hope this was helpful to you if you’re thinking about starting a garden journal this year too. If you do something differently, I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments below – thanks so much!