When I first started gardening many years ago I didn’t keep track of what I bought, planted, my garden layouts or how my plants did that season/year. No, I was so eager to get started come spring that I just bought (and bought and bought…) and dug and planted and edged and hoped for the best! Well, it actually worked out quite well.

Here are some images of my early gardens up north in the Hudson Valley:

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Believe me, they didn’t always look this great…. this happened to be a banner year for me and was just before a party we had for my daughter’s graduation!

As I recall I would keep receipts and a few notes in my hanging file drawer, all thrown in together. It was okay, but not a great way to know what to do or plant for the next year. No, I relied, to a very great extent, on my memory. Well, that’s fine up to a point! Overload soon set in. Then frustration. And then well, when we moved I had to start all over again.

I had received this book before we moved and would make a very weak attempt to add to it.


So when we moved I decided to really DO it. But we have different garden areas, as you probably do. So then I had to divide the book pages into sections such as “South Side” and “LIving Room West” and “Inside Terrace” etc. As you can see, the pages don’t hold much. I like to keep the actual plant tag (now I’ve gotten so I cut them down to the bare minimum size).

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Because I needed more space I transitioned to a regular 3-ring binder with dividers. Now I could have a section for each “room” in my garden.

Yes, there is more space, but it’s not working for me. It’s a mess. Visually, it is NOT what I want.


Just as I was getting a bit desperate I saw an ad in Carolina Gardener for
the Garden Scribe plant organizer!!!

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This is EXACTLY what I need. Maybe you need one too, so let me know if you order one, ok?
There is the “Classic” or the “Mini” and then lots of refill pages. I have ordered the Classic size in the watercolor print and can’t WAIT to start with this great book/organizer.

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