Sunday, February 12, 2012

DIY Garden Journal

Lately I've been wanting a garden journal, but I've been too cheap/frugal to pay the big bucks at the store for one.  I know I could just grab an empty notebook and call it that, but that would just be too easy and boring for me!  As most of you know, I am all about the Do It Yourself projects, so I took it upon myself to build my own 5 year garden journal with little expense. 

To start off I went down the street to the local thrift store to find supplies.  I was in luck because they had pretty much everything I needed.  It's strange to find exactly what you need at the very first thrift store you go to, so I was beyond ecstatic!  This is what I found:

1.  An old (probably 1980s) 3-ring binder- $0.50
     ***Included in the binder were 5 dividers with pockets in them***
2.  2 folders- $0.50
3.  Paper- $0.50
4.  A ruler- $0.50

Unfortunately the thrift store did not have graph paper for garden planning, so I went to Shopko and bought a pad.  The price literally made me queasy after the deals I just got on all the other supplies.

5. Graph Paper- $4.50

Total Cost:  $6.50  (Pretty inexpensive, right??)

Putting together your 5 year Garden Journal:

The Supplies
I simply just layered it all.  I put a divider in first and titled it oh so creatively "2012".  I than put in a section of the paper for my garden notes.  Continue that for the next four dividers.  At the end I added the two folders which I will be using for magazine articles I want to keep or even canning recipes, etc...  At the very end I added the planning/graph pad where I can just tear out a sheet, plan my garden and add it to the appropriate year. The dividers with the pockets work out perfect because I can store all my seed packets so I know exactly what I grew that year.  It's pretty easy and simple.

All put together
In other news:  Finley has been battling a fever all weekend long.  It's been pretty miserable for all of us here.  The only plus side to this misery is watching Finley prance around in just a diaper and snow boots(?).


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