Looking for a Garden Journal?-It’s Giveaway Time!

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.

Looking for a Garden Journal? Its GiveawayTime!

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.

Looking for a Garden Journal? Its Giveaway Time!

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.

Looking for a Garden Journal? Its Giveaway Time!

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.

19 thoughts on “Looking for a Garden Journal?-It’s Giveaway Time!

  1. This is exactly what I need! I just got into gardening last year and I’ve become OBSESSED. That being said, I’m not very good at keeping track of things. I keep making little notes that are never seen again and I have a suspicion that they’ve been winding up in recycling.

  2. I have yet to purchase an actual gardening journal. I try to keep track in plain notebooks and my consistency improves each year. The biggest information gaps come when I am swamped with garden/yard upkeep but I keep trying to improve this too.

    This journal looks PRETTY and a three year journal sounds better than a single year book. Maybe with an actual gardening journal, I’d be more inclined to keep more notes and better notes.

    LOVE the weather feature!

    Good luck everyone.

  3. What a pretty gardening journal! I like how the pages are layed out and the easy-to-spot (and refer back to in subsequent years) weather symbols. This journal looks like one I would happily keep up with, rather than feeling overwhelmed by a lot of blank page space to fill in. I am off to check out Donna’s “No Guff Vegetable Gardening” (thanks for the link). Thank you, too, for hosting such a wonderful giveaway that is open to Canadians. What a treat!

  4. I have purchased a dozen garden journals and most of them didn’t reflect that the authors knew anything about gardening. They have all been passrd along. With these authors I know they do! A good garden journal is a must for gardening year after year. I really hope I am the winner but will gladly step aside for a first time gardener . I’ll stick to my scruffy old notebook for another year to get them off on a good foot

  5. Hi Kristin,

    What a great idea! I’m fairly new to gardening (about 4 years) and have had plenty of gardening disappointments, but also a few beautiful successes to keep me excited and motivated. It didn’t occur to me until two seasons ago that I should keep notes, so I started with a wall calendar (nope, way too small!), then index cards (nope, too many pieces), finally a steno notebook (too cumbersome!). I thought I might try a binder this year, but after seeing this gorgeous gardener’s journal, I decided that’s the perfect thing for me.

    By the way, I’ve learned so much from your site over the last few years, I just wanted to thank you for your practical easy to follow advice and amazing pictures. I live on the Vancouver Island now, but if I lived on the Mainland I would sure come and buy tomato plants from you! Thanks also for the tip to Donna Balzer’s website.

  6. What a great garden journal Donna and Chelsie have written. To keep writing down your garden’s highlights and not so spectacular experiments you need to have something that will inspire you and let you dream of the many possibilities that can be created in your personal space. I’ve had a garden journal since 2003 which I got from Lee Valley Tools( working there inspired me to buy it) and looking at it now I see my daily notes didn’t happen but jotting down bulbs and perennials that I put into my garden did. It’s fun to see what is still around 15 years later. Having a planting record for my veggies really helps.
    So I’m striving to dust off this book again and write daily.

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