Yesterday, when I shared my DIY Gardening Notebook with you, there was another notebook sitting right beside it in my cabinet.
What? You didn’t notice it?
Of all my gardening and landscaping resources, this is the most important one.
The little blue (no flair) notebook.
Of all my gardening tools in the tool rack, this is the most useful tool.
The little blue (unlabeled) notebook. (Please don’t tell Martha – the “you know who” gardening and organizing guru of all.)
It’s more than a gardening journal.
My little blue notebook sits by quietly, holding vital information. It occasionally goes on outings with me – like to the garden center when buying more plantings.
It holds the sketch I drew (not to scale, y’all) with a lettered key added for plant ID in each location. (Especially, please don’t show Martha my chicken scratch.)
In pencil, because things die or get moved around.
It holds markers from outdoor plantings – a different page for East, West, North, and South sides. Some directions have two pages, like South.
A separate page for plantings away from the house, too.
The little blue notebook easily keeps track of what did and didn’t survive in different locations.
It has pages for pass-along plant information.
Since no tag comes with pass-alongs, a website’s info page helps to identify and care for them.
It holds plant markers for indoor plants, too. Such a handy tool can be s t r e t c h e d to reach inside, you know.
The inside front pocket holds receipts – for one-year guarantee proof-of-purchase records. Vital when you have a slightly-gray-rather-than-green thumb, like me.
My little blue notebook is nothing in comparison to what Martha would do. Tools are created to be used – not to always be beautiful, right?
It can be our little secret. You can create one, too, and not worry about beauty. Gather the information you think you’ll need for reference. Staple, draw, and tape it all together…and call it whatever you like.
Maybe you’ll give yours a fun jacket…or decorated pages…or something totally Martha-ish. It’s completely up to you.
Have you made a landscape or garden journal? Is yours Martha-ish? Have you found it extremely useful?
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