Bullet journal

My gardening tracking in April

Some time in March my husband and I started the realisation of our gardening plans. It was obvious early enough that organising the whole idea is pretty essential, especially if we don’t want to have all salad of the year in the same week or be too early or late with planting something.

I started by creating a few pages to track what needs to be done and what is done already. In my blog post Tracking my gardening acitivies in my Bullet journal I explained the first three pages I included in March. By now our seeds have started growing to plants and my gardening tracking is flourishing as well. In this post I will show you how these pages have evolved and some additional ones I found important to include.

Some of my tomatoes plants and in the background my peppermint!

Here are the gardening pages I have in my bullet journal after about a month of gardening:

  • What we planted: In this page I keep the information that the seeds packaging is giving. It is much easier to retreave them from my bullet journal, than from the packaging itself.
  • A planting log: It is like a diary if my plants were keeping one 🙂 Honestly, it is not updated daily, rather once a week or once in two weeks.
  • A table following the seeds we plant: This has proved to be one of the nicest pages I created. It is the summary of the behaviour of the seeds.
  • A monthly log: This is really the least useful of the pages I keep, but since I am not consistent with keeping a planting log every single day, I use it to make fast notes, so as to update the planting log once I have time.
Bullet journal

Tracking my gardening activities in my Bullet Journal

I haven’t posted anything about my bullet journal for a while. Although I use it every day and it is essential for my planning, I do not tend to make changes in the format I use, unless it is needed. But now there is a new addition in my bullet journal!

Last July we moved in a new house with a huge roof terrace. By the time we were finished with arranging the house, the summer was over and the season of flowers and gardening was coming to an end. For the new season to come, though, we aspired an ambitious plan: our own small urban garden!

What is needed for an urban garden? Pots, soil, seeds and a good plan accompanied with a lot of patience and interest. The first ingredient was acquired already in January, when there were incredible offers on gardening things: we bought wooden raised beds we are going to have our plants in that fit perfectly to our terrace! We obtained the second and third ingredient last weekend: soil and seeds of what we are interested in growing check! Interest and zeal we had anyway and patience is not our strongest point, but we will have to live with the problem. What is left? A good plan.

The good plan is maybe the most important of the ingredients in order to succeed in our ambitious dream. We bought Spriessbürger: Handbuch für den Anbau von Gemüse und Salat in der Schweiz, a nice book that explains how to cultivate the most common vegetables in the microclimate of Switzerland. Based on the information from this book, we decided what we would like to grow in our garden. It also gave us a lot of information about the time and the way each seed needs to be started. But all this information and in general the plan should be tracked and noted in detail. What better place to do so, than my bullet journal!

Spriessbürger, the handbook we bought

After a lot of thinking of how it is best to track my gardening and many trials, I decided to keep track in my bujo with three ways:

  • A planting log: It is a simple log of when I planted or when I need to plant new seeds. It is a type of daily log or notes about my planting activities.
My planting log
  • A table with the details for each type of seed: In this table I keep all the information that is essential for each seed I have planted, such as when it was planted, how many days it takes for the seeds to grow and the optimal temperature. I will add information about replanting and harvesting once I reach that point.
My seeds table
  • Notes in my monthly log: Gardening is an activity that requires patience. Seeds require at least a week to start growing and the planting log or the table does not offer a visual way of tracking time. I did not want to create a separate page for this, but I integrated my gardening activities in my current log. This way I will be able to note the period each seedling needs to appear, to be replanted and to be moved outdoors.

Seeing my planting plan completed gives me extra motivation! And it proved to be quite some help with the first seeds we planted!

In the process of planting seeds with the handbook and my bullet journal in a safe distance, so that they don’t get dirty!