Sunday, March 4, 2018

Gardener's Log Book: A Five Year Planner

Every year we try to garden as a family activity, most years we get a few things to come in and then forget the plants exist come next Autumn and they bloom and then wither. We even killed our Aloe Vera this year...seriously.

I was really excited to get a copy of the Gardener's Log Book by The New York Botanical Garden because, frankly, we need some help. And after a what appeared to be a solid month of cloud cover and a final freeze, Spring is here in Texas. So, it's time to get to work.

The diary is gorgeous, the vintage art style on the cover and the varying soft shades of green in the type and pages within are so beautiful. It's not overly large and comes with a band to keep it closed and keep everything in place. 

Inside you get checklists of what to do for each season (probably for people like me who can't remember what to buy and when to cut the dang grass) and gridded paper to plot out and plan your gardens. I'm not sure if we will use it this year, but we have a ton of land in our backyard and when we do branch out from our container gardening, that is a lovely thing to have. You also get the standard plant hardiness map and places to write down what you bought, the blooming times for it, and any notes you need to remember or things you see pop up. Best of all, the back has expert gardening advice at the ready. You don't have to look up on your phone how to compost or ecologically-friendly ways to get rid of some pests because it is right there and they are certifiably expert-level tips. 

What I love most about this is that it is a five-year diary. It's something I can save for the kids about what we planted together and when. 

This is a great book for already avid gardeners and for those of us who want to try to be avid gardeners. I can't recommend it highly enough. 

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review*

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