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Make A Garden Journal: Plan, Learn, Grow

Lynn Coulter
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Recording temperatures and rainfall, saving seed packets, and sketching your garden spot can help you track your success–and challenges–with the flowers and vegetables you’re growing. Add pages for photos of your plants as they grow and change, and a sketch of your crops, so you’ll remember to rotate them next year. When you create a personal garden journal, you’ll be storing all kinds of useful information in one place. It can also help you plan and budget for the next growing season.


Skill Level





3-4 hours,  including drying time


Wood burning tool

Drill with 3/16″ bit

3-ring hole punch


2 pieces of lightweight sanded plywood cut to 9″ x 12″



75 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ index cardstock (110 lb., available at craft or office supply stores)


Step 1: Use your 3- hole punch to make holes on each piece of cardstock.

Step 2: Using one piece of paper as a template, make a mark on each piece of wood where you would like your holes. Make sure these match up closely.

Step 3: Once you have your marks, drill the holes.

Step 4: On the front of your book, draw out a garden inspired picture with a pencil.

Step 5: Go over your picture with your wood burning tool.

**Warning: Wood burning tools get very hot. EXTREME CAUTION must be used when working with a wood burning tool. This is not recommended for children. Optional: use a permanent marker to draw on your journal.**

Step 6: Once your picture is complete, go over it with stain. Cover both sides of both pieces of wood with stain. Allow the stain to completely dry before flipping the wood over. The stain we used here was Varathane Stain and Poly “American Walnut.”

Step 7: Cut 3 pieces of rope at 10” each. Run the rope through each piece of paper and both pieces of wood. Loosely tie in a knot.

Ideas For Things To Put In Your Garden Journal:

  • Clear plastic pages for photos or empty seed packets, to help remember favorite varieties.
  • Plant tags or labels to refer to for care directions.
  • Pressed flowers or leaves.
  • Rainfall amounts. If your garden doesn’t get at least one inch of water a week, consider adding an irrigation system.
  • Frost dates.
  • A wish list for tools, plants, or other items.
  • The dates you sowed seeds, transplanted trees or shrubs, or divided bulbs.
  • The dates you applied fertilizers, fruit tree sprays, or other chemicals.

Special thanks to Home Depot Associate Christine for making our beautiful garden journal. Find her @ChristineClaret on our How-To Community.


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