Because I share a steady stream of tools, checklists and spreadsheets with NW Edible readers, I have been accused of being highly organized. In truth, organization, like a clean house, does not come naturally to me. I’m natually more of a project-oriented, creative type, and the discipline of structure and routine is something I have to work at. But because I have to work at it, I’ve become pretty good at setting up systems in my life to make staying organized that much easier.
It’s like that in the garden. I’d prefer to just go out when the mood strikes and toss some seed in the ground and a few weeks later (because that’s how I want the garden to work) harvest buttery heads of lettuce, perfect shatteringly crisp carrots and juicy dark-red tomatoes. And I’d prefer to not worry about irrigation or compost.
But that’s not reality. The reality is, if you want a vine-ripe tomato in August, you have to be thinking about it in February or March. If you want April cauliflower you commit to an overwintering plant the previous June. Winging it just doesn’t work when you garden like you mean it. You need to think about how and why and when you fertilize and prune and plant to get good, consistent results.
So instead of going with the flow and going without cauliflower, I plan. I write out lists, take notes, research, draw sketches, look back at two year old seed catalogs and record what’s going on in the garden. Somewhere along the line all this planning took on a life of its own and I realized I needed to organize my organizing. I needed an easy, flexible, scalable way to record and plan my garden and keep all that planning and recording in one place.
So I designed this Garden Journal. It is designed specifically for vegetable gardeners, because it was designed by a vegetable gardener.
I’m pretty freaking proud of it, actually. It is, in my opinion, the best, most complete and most flexible garden planner on the market. It looks good and it performs better. I know, because it’s the Garden Journal I use. I believe it has everything you need to plan and grow a great edible garden without a bunch of fluff you don’t. And I’ll stand behind that: if I forgot something, or left a critical record-keeping sheet out of this Journal, email me and I’ll work to include it in future releases.
I’ve never sold anything on Northwest Edible Life before, but I’m offering this Garden Journal as a 91 page PDF download for $16. I believe this is a very fair price for a tool that will help you grow the best garden you can, and I hope you agree. But, because I’m eager to get this organizer in the hands of as many gardeners as possible before the real push of spring planting is upon us, I’m offering a 20% discount on all downloads made through President’s Day Weekend. At checkout, just use the Discount Code “LongWeekend” to have your discount applied. This discount will expire on Monday, 2/20.
Your feedback, is – as always – welcome and greatly appreciated. I hope you’ll love this complete planning, journaling and recording tool as much as I do. Thanks for your support and happy gardening.