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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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Beth, this is amazing!! I am going through the exact same musings. You are reading my mind. I also had come to the point where it was getting too cumbersome to print photos for my journals. Just the other day, after doing some online research, I ordered the HMK Garden Management Software. It has not yet arrived. I really like the looks of Garden Tracker, which I did not know about until your post. It looks clean and easy. So, I hope I made the right decision. We'll see... Thanks so much for doing this post!


Your garden journal is already at a level well above mine. I have the 10 year Lee Valley journal and I am on year six. I like seeing the notes for the same day, different years. For plant tags, I posted a lot of them on a bulletin board in my garage, but the bulletin board is full, so the rest are in a box.

Good luck for your hunt for a better way to garden journal.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens


That is so funny, Bev! We are thinking alike. I'm a big software fan in general (my "life" is on my Palm Pilot), so I don't rule that out in the future.

But there is something nice about holding something in your hands. I can definitely see the enjoyment of the ten-year journal, Carol -- to be able to flip through the pages and see the gardening history right there. Plus, gardening itself is such an OFFLINE activity that there's something nice about a low-tech paper journal to reinforce that.

I like the bulletin board idea for the plant tags! Decorative, and you can easily find a tag to refer back to it.

Some people keep all the info in their heads (which I just can't do) or go totally by instinct (which I don't want to -- or am not ready to -- do). So I definitely need something....

Thanks for the feedback and ideas!


Hi Beth,
Your garden journal is so lovely. What a great idea. Do you post some of your diary notes on your site?
Sara from farmingfriends


Hi Sara -- Thanks for your kind words! I haven't put any of the journal notes on the site (though I refer to various projects I've done) because I think it would be too boring! They've been really helpful to me, though, because they include planting dates, and so I refer back to them a lot. Next year I'm going to be glad I kept the notes.

One thing I didn't capture in a methodical way -- which I really should have -- is bloom dates. Fortunately, I've taken a lot of photos so they're cdocumented that way. But that's something I want to improve next year.

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