*This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to the winner, Fawn!*
It’s mid-February, cold, rainy, and snowy in many places – the perfect time to start thinking about our gardens! And that’s not completely sarcastic, because in the plans and dreams we make now, everything is perfect in our gardens – the sun shines, there are no bugs, drought, or lazy gardener (a-hem) to ruin the perfection of the garden. So I say let’s bask in it…while we can.
It’s with that thought that I bring to you Ready…Set…Garden! a series over the next month or so – until the new season “officially” starts with the opening of the Tuesday Garden Party on March 5 – that will cover lots of things we can do while we are waiting for the full-fledged season. I know there are many of you who are in the south and have been continuing to garden, but I hope you’ll placate us northerners for a bit – we’ve still gotta get our ducks in a row. You can whet our appetites by sharing all you’ve already accomplished.
I plan to write about normal things like varieties of flowers and vegetables, starting seeds, planting transplants and prepping soil and beds. I’d also like to share with you some of my favorite gardening tools, books, shrubs and plants, tips for selecting and buying them, and where to shop – and hear from you about your favorites (yeah, I’m selfishly hoping you point me to some new things).
And I’m very excited to start things off with a review and giveaway from one of our own TGP friends, Angi from SchneiderPeeps who has just released an awesome resource for gardeners, The Gardening Notebook!
The Gardening Notebook is an ebook you can buy and print out as a place to keep all your garden ideas, plans, records, and such in one place. While there are some helpful tips for growing fruits and vegetables, Angi describes the ebook as being “designed to help you keep track of the information you come across in your gardening journey, not to teach you all that you need to know about gardening.”
With that said, this book is full of printables – and I was blown away by the thoroughness of all Angi’s included! There are pages for recording the seeds you have and need to buy, a place to keep a record of the seeds you started, plants you have, and varieties you want to try. Additionally, pages at the beginning will help you determine why you garden and record the specifics of your corner of the world (like your last frost date – wouldn’t that be awesome to have in one place to refer to?) as well as create a garden plan.
But what I was thrilled to see were the individual pages for varieties of vegetables and fruits (plus blanks for herbs and ornamentals you want to remember). I LOVE this – to have one place to record the varieties of carrots, beets, or tomatoes that I want to grow – but more important to me, what I DON’T want to grow again!
If it’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that a variety that everyone else seems to love may just not work in my garden for whatever reason and I need to remember that. So underneath the tips for growing the plant, possible pests and problems that I may encounter, and how to harvest and store it, I’ve added the heading “Varieties NOT to grow again.” Perfect.
Did I mention how many vegetables and fruits that are included? There are more than 30 -from beets to plums and everything in between, plus blanks for any that aren’t listed! It’s going to be so helpful to have one spot to record my notes for the plants we grow each year, as well as to be reminded of spacing, harvest, and storage. I can see it working together with my Organic Gardening Checklist in my Gardening Binder to help keep me organized even as the season gets crazy with soil prep, planting, and harvesting.
You can click here to buy the 110-page Gardening Notebook which is 50%-off through the month of February – only $4.98 – OR you can see if you might win a copy of The Gardening Notebook that Angi is giving away to one lucky AOC reader!
No weird hoops to jump through, either, simply leave a comment telling me what gardening task you’re planning next. You can earn an extra entry by tweeting or mentioning the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, too – just leave a separate comment with the url. And don’t delay – this giveaway ends at 10pm (PST) on February 13th!