I may have gotten a bit carried away when I was dreaming about this year’s garden … Maybe. But there were so many plants I wanted to try to grow!
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Just as a refresher – I started a bullet journal to organize my finances, and it grew! Which is what a “bujo” is supposed to do – evolve as you go through life, jotting down things. I use a Leuchtturm1917, which is one of the more popular bullet journals out there, but after trying the cheapo notebook first, I found I wanted this notebook because it just lended itself better to what I wanted to create. Brush pens are quite popular in the bujo world and I opted for the Reaeon dual-tip pens and they have done pretty well for me. Next time I might look for more of a calligraphy-style, but we’ll see!
I wanted to start this section of the bullet journal with another quote – this time about hard work. We know that the garden – and the farm – will be a ton of work. Sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming to think about it (so sometimes I don’t!). But after looking around through different quotes I came across this one by David Bly and thought it to be very appropriate for what this year will be and the garden we hope to create.
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.
– David Bly
This quote seemed very apropos for us – we believe in hard work, and with anything in life, hard work can equal great success. If you don’t put in the work, how else do you expect to have a good outcome (or a good “harvest”). So thank you, Mr. Bly, for being so poetic!
For those who haven’t been following on our Facebook page, I purchased most of our seeds through MIGardener. They have a great selection and believe in quality products at an economical price. They are also great educators (check out their YouTube channel). I’ve learned so much through their videos and when I decided I wanted to branch out in the different types of plants this year, I knew MIGardener was the way to go! You can’t beat quality seeds at $0.99/packet!
So this is how I laid out the “garden info” section of my bullet journal. I wanted a decent record of the list of plants we’re planting, when they mature (although for the winter sowing seeds I won’t know when they start germinating to have a maturity date), companion planting info (should I decide to follow it), and information about when I planted them, regardless of it was winter sown or direct planted. It left me enough room to write notes (or add different columns down the road – such as a “harvest date”).
With both the “Winter Sow” and “Direct Sow” column I divided it to have a “Goal Date” and an “Actual” date for planting the seeds. I figured this would be important when we’re looking back to see what worked and what didn’t, as well as help hold me off next year if I get to twitchy about gardening!
I did start a section of “number of seeds planted/germinated” but I think I did that in an OCD moment and probably won’t do anything with it. I may end up changing that to the “Harvest Date” column.
Page 1/2 of my garden info in my bullet journal. Most of these are for consumption.
There isn’t a whole lot more to tell about this section of the bullet journal other than if you’re interested in learning more about our seed choice. If so, I encourage you to head over to our Facebook page and look at some of our posts about our garden plants, or check out the YouTube video below!
I will say – I am hoping that the bullet journal can help keep me more organized with the garden and the other plants around the farm. We have several interesting plants from the previous owner who had a wonderful green thumb and unique taste. I would like to keep records of what things are, but haven’t come up with a good way to do it (so if you have suggestions – let me know!)
Plants we hope to grow this year
(An asterisk indicates we’re trying to winter sow them; an asterisk in parentheses means we planted a few sees in winter sowing and will direct sow others).
- Plants from MIGardener
- Blue Lake Bush Bean
- Black Valentine Bush Bean
- Calabrese Broccoli*
- Tom Thumb Dwarf Pea*
- Rainbow Mix Carrot
- Salad Bowl Mix/Lettuce(*)
- Golden Zucchini(*)
- Black Beauty Zucchini(*)
- Amish Paste Tomato*
- Marion Tomato*
- Purple Beauty Pepper*
- Serrano (Hot) Pepper*
- Texas Early Grano 502 Onion*
- Ambrosia Sweet Corn
- Luffa Gourd*
- Mary Washington Asparagus*
- Slow Bolt Cilantro*
- Mammoth Long Island Dill*
- Italian Oregano*
- Dark Green Flat Leaf Parsley*
- Other seeds/plants
- Indian Corn
- Perennials that need to be tended or transplanted
- Apple trees (4)
- Peach tree
- Rhubarb (3 varieties! Because I have a rhubarb-fetish!)
- Chester Thornless Blackberry
- Blueberries (3)
- Strawberries (1-2, depending on what survived the winter and last year’s weed jungle)
Want to read more about the Homestead Bullet Journal? Check out these posts!
Do you use a bullet journal? How? Do you have a garden planner or record? What do you do to keep track of your garden information? Let us know in the comments!
Watch the YouTube video!
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I just want to tell you that even years later your post is so helpful. I’ve been looking for a simple and simply explained way to track my seeds as a beginner gardener and your post helped so much! Thank you!
Thank you so much, Chrissy! I hope you have a wonderful garden season!