Camp Internet's Global Gardening Studies are open to all Camp Expedition
Teams. RAIN's Youth Technology Corps members are Expedition Team Leaders
for Communities taking part.
Keeping a Garden Journal
A Garden Journal is
a record of your garden's progress.
It will show you your acheivements from year to year and record the changes
you've made to your garden. Once it's set up you'll be able to compare
each year's results and solve the problems that your garden may encounter.
Use a 3-ring binder or bound notebook with at least 12 lined pages. Write
in a regular pen but use a highlighter or different colour to mark anything
special you want to make note of.
Setting up your Garden
Write a month at the top of each page.
In the right margin, write the year you start keeping the journal.
Assign 2 lines for each week in the month. For example: May has 4 weeks
so you'll need 8 lines. For the busy garden months, June to August you
could assign 3 lines for each month.
Use a calendar to choose 1 day during each week when you will record your
entries. Write the exact date beside the right margin, in pencil, if you
think you might change it.
Leave 2 or 3 lines blank between years.
When you make your entries use the highlighter or draw an arrow beside
anything you want to remind yourself of the next year.
Don't forget to record how big your garden was when you started and how
it's changed from year to year.
Journal will show you what you have done differently from year to year
and how the changes affected your plants.
Take pictures of your garden as it progresses and record the date on the
back of them. They will show you well you are succeeding.
Your Garden Journal will also help you create a chores calendar because
you can see how long it took to complete each step of growing and maintaining
Example of a Garden Journal for the Month of May