I know that one of the reasons why I started the bullet journal was that everything was in one place… all my doodles, ideas, habits, plans, appointments, personal devotions, prayers, everything. And I still stand by that. You should try to use your personal bullet journal (bujo) for as many functions as possible. However, when I thought about adding gardening-related things to my personal bujo, I found it difficult because gardening is something that happens all-year round, there is information that I will be referencing frequently, and the subject of gardening is so much more than just a collection (i.e. books to read, shows to watch, places to go). I wanted my gardening-related pages to be more than just the plants I wanted to buy, the layout I wanted the garden to have, and which local nurseries/greenhouses I’ve visited. So I did what I thought I’d never do… I started a second bujo.
I recently won a Leuchtturm 1917 journal in a giveaway on Instagram, so I already had the perfect journal for it. I had always wanted to try a Leuchtturm, so this was a good excuse.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty details, I’ll just say this: I’m really glad that I created a second bullet journal for my gardening. I might still have some cross-over, where I might have gardening tasks in my personal bujo. But for the most part, I’m going to try and keep them separate.
First, why am I calling it a gardening bullet journal? Because I’m using many of the basic features of a bullet journal, but instead of it being about my personal life, it’s about gardening. I’ve set up an index, key, future log, monthly log, and daily logs. I plan on having many collections about types of plants, wish list, best tools, how to be green, recipes, and much more I’m sure!
But there are a few ways that the gardening bullet journal is different from my personal one.
1. Tracking the weather is actually useful.
I’m not sure why people track the weather in their personal bujo. Especially if they live in sunny California where it’s beautiful every day. I get it. You have the most amazing, perfect weather! I tried to track the weather in my personal bujo a few months ago, and it was a complete flop. I had no idea why I was doing it besides the fact that I liked to draw the clouds and other weather symbols.
But for gardening, the weather dictates what happens in the garden. In addition to the high/low temperature, I also plan on tracking when the sunrise/sunset is, and how many inches of rain and snow we’ve received in a particular day.
Last year, my garden suffered so terribly because I planted too early, but then the weather got freaky and had freezing temperatures in April which shocked my plants. Although I can’t predict what the weather is going to be like, hopefully I can reference what the weather was like in the previous year, and change my gardening schedule.
I also had issues with over and underwatering my plants. I would water in the morning when it was predicted that there would be rain that evening. I would forget to water even though there was a dry spell for a week. When set up and used properly, the bujo will keep me on track with watering my garden!
2. Dailies vs. Weeklies.
People always ask: which do you use, dailies or weeklies, or both? Short answer, you should definitely only use one or the other. It’s redundant to use both. But which one depends on your preference and what you like to include.
In my personal bujo, I use a weekly spread, because, let’s be honest, I don’t have all that much going on in each day of my life. Some days I have a ton of things going on, and some days I have literally nothing. But I don’t have the patience to sit every morning to draw a daily spread for that day. So when I set up the upcoming month in my personal bujo, I pre-draw weekly spreads so that I can just fill it in as I go. (I know that some people have a million things going on each day, so dailies work for them in their personal bujos. That’s totally fine! I just happen to prefer weeklies for my personal bujo.)
However, for the gardening journal, I think dailies are going to be more important and useful. Last year, I didn’t spend nearly enough time in the garden pruning, watering, harvesting, etc. I think the dailies will also be a combination of tasks that need to be done that day, but also a brief journal entry about what’s going on in the garden.
I plan on having separate spreads about the growth and health of each plant, but the dailies will help me stay accountable for the things that need to get done. I will also not be wasting unused space, as that sometimes happens in my personal bujo (but then I fill it in with doodles and such)
3. Pinterest board come to life
Pinterest is so wonderful for so many reasons. But how many of us have WAY too many pins that link to dead websites? Or information that is outdated? Or duplicate pins (although Pinterest prevents that now)? Pinterest is more for the visual information and inspiration. Do you ever go back to your board and take the time to click on each pin to read the information again?
I recently went through my personal Pinterest’s gardening board. I had 101 pins, but about 10% were missing links, duplicates, or irrelevant information. It was time-consuming–trying to go through each pin and determine whether or not it is worth keeping. So I decided to make the time worthwhile by migrating the important information into my gardening bujo.
One of the biggest differences between my personal and gardening bujo is that I want the gardening bujo to have important, relevant information that I would be referencing often to help me on my gardening journey. I wanted a way to import the wealth of knowledge from the pins on my Pinterest board into my bujo. Then, I could further curate the information that pertains to my needs and interests. Information like native plants to Illinois, plants that pollinators like, sowing schedule, and how to properly prune certain plants. Basically, I want to write my own garden book! How amazing and cool would that be?
Do you keep a gardening journal? What should I track? What spreads ideas do you have for me?
Do you have a separate bujo for a specific content? Why or why not?