“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
There’s something to be said about the value of hands on experience. It seems to us that there is no better teacher than experience itself. Moments, days, and even weeks the lessons may be recent enough to recall at will. However, what happens to the valuable lessons learned that you may only use every few months or even annually?
This is precisely the problem we ran into when Spring time rolled around and it was time to plant the garden again. We “knew” generally what needed to be done but the specifics of seed depths and spacing along with the arrangement of rows was foggy at best. Thankfully, we had the foresight to write most of it down the year before. This is the true value of having a garden journal.
Some of the benefits are obvious: what you planted, how you planted and when you planted all at your fingertips. There are however some not so obvious benefits of having a garden journal. Year-over-year, you can look back and see patterns of what works and what clearly does not. One variety of a certain plant may flourish whereas another variety may seem stunted. Aside from the practical uses of the journal, there a sense of joy and pride looking back at what you have been blessed with and have accomplished.
Journals Unlimited was gracious enough to send us their Gardening Journal to try out and review. Up to this point, we have been using a fairly generic notebook to record our gardening activities. This journal steps it up a level and it excels in every area that really matters.
The journal contains 200 pages and measures in at 7.5×9″ making it large enough to be useful but not a pain to store. The front and back covers are tough but clean, simple and appealing. The pages themselves are thick and won’t easily tear or bleed through. Ample space is given to record all important information needed about your garden. This information includes the date, weather, activities, maintenance, wildlife, and general notes.
Overall, we’ve been very impressed in our transition to using Journals Unlimited’s Gardening Journal. As a gardener, knowing that the paper in this journal has been recycled helps add integrity to a quality of it. If you are looking for a gardening journal, or any journal really, give Journals Unlimited a try.
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