We have a winner! Congratulations to Ann Marie who has won a copy of the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal. Thanks to everyone who entered.
Last week my friend Donna Balzer sent me a copy of her new garden journal, the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal. Donna Balzer and Chelsie Anderson have written this book together. It’s part diary and part personal growing guide. I am so bad at keeping track in the garden and usually rely on my blog to keep me on track. It’s difficult to remember from year to year what worked and what didn’t in the garden. Yes, maybe not remembering is a good thing especially when things go wrong. The problem is I like to remember my mistakes so I can improve on them. Maybe I had a serious pest problem on a crop but don’t recall when. It’s great to be able to look back and see what happened the year before. If I had this journal last fall I would remember which new plants I planted after our water line was repaired. Yes, plants are popping up in the front garden and it’s going to be a bit of a surprise. It’s a good thing plants can be moved around if need be.
So I have promised myself I will start to write in this journal about all the things I do in the garden. From when I start my tomato seeds to which varieties worked out best, I now have somewhere to record the details.
In this journal I can track three years of weather related events. For example, yesterday I woke up to a bit of snow in the garden and I had just lifted the floating row covers off the vegetables. In the journal I can circle the kind of day it was and I can note the high and low temperature as well. Did I have damage on my crops or not? What was growing in the garden? Did I kill the kale and beets in the garden by thinking it was spring? It will be interesting to come back and compare from year to year.
There is lots of room in the journal to make notes about the garden. Last fall I was asked to speak to the Vancouver Master Gardeners about how the 2017 garden year had been. I didn’t have any notes about the garden to draw from and had to rely on my blog and my memory for my presentation. Relying on my memory isn’t always the best thing at my age. It’s a good thing I take lots of photographs of the garden. I won’t have any excuse now as this journal will be full of information from my garden.
As I read the journal from cover to cover I couldn’t put it down. It was the stories in this journal that are my favourite. They are simple, down to earth and often comical anecdotes that each of the authors has experienced. I loved reading them as I could relate to the trials and tribulations in the garden. Not everything is all rosy and perfect at times and these stories prove that.
So I have a copy of the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal to give away. The contest is open to anyone in Canada. Sorry to my American and International readers but the cost of mailing the book is prohibitive outside the country. To be entered in the draw just comment below or on my Facebook page over at That Bloomin’ Garden. Contest closes on February 28, 2018 at midnight and I will announce the winner on March 1, 2018.
About the authors:
Donna Balzer is an award-winning media personality and garden consultant. Her book No Guff Vegetable Gardening is a bestseller.
Chelsie Anderson is the owner of Chelsie’s Garden Soil-utions and a regular contributor on CBC Radio 1.
To buy the Three Year Gardener’s Gratitude Journal check out Donna Balzer’s site.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this garden journal for my own use. Please note I will only promote products I truly love.