Bullet journals are all the rage right now, for both the organized and the organizationally challenged. And it just so happens that bullet journals and gardening go together like peanut butter and jelly! If the idea appeals to you, read on to discover how a bullet journal can help you organize your gardening tasks.
What is a bullet journal? A bullet journal is simply a notebook that you utilize to plan a number of schemes. You can use it to record to-do lists, make notes on upcoming events, brainstorm ideas, or even use it as a diary of sorts. The idea is to break out of “paragraph mode’ and simply make bullet points of everything you want to explore or remember.
Obviously, a bullet journal works perfectly for amateur to professional gardeners! There is so much to remember, but you often don’t need to go into intricate detail in order to get the job done.
What kind of things can you “bullet”?
- Blooming cycles
- Keeping inventory of your seeds and bulbs
- When things were planted
- Details on seedling growth
- When you need to plant things
- Weeding and watering schedules
- Harvest times
- When the irrigation clock was last updated
- Checking irrigation valves
- Spray patterns
- When to prune certain trees/shrubs/flowers
- When to clean out flower beds
- When to fertilize
- Weather details
- Checking low voltage light systems
- Money spent
- … and much, much more
Make sure to use a dump page (or several dump pages). A dump page is a place to simply “dump” everything that is floating around in your mind, that you might need to address at various points during the year. After “dumping” it somewhere, you can be assured you will remember it, and assign it to the appropriate place in your overall schedule.
You can “dump” monthly, and then use separate pages to record seasonal or even weekly schedules and ideas.
Now get organized. Divide your bullet journal into seasons, or even individual weeks, and plot out your to-do lists. Leave space so that you can add tasks at any time, as you think of them.
Use your bullet journal as a diary. Over time, you will discover that your bullet journal serves as an excellent record of planting, pruning, harvesting, and more. You can utilize it to learn from your mistakes and repeat your successes, and your journal will eventually become one of your most valuable learning tools.
Of course, we’re also at your disposal if you need help with any aspect of your landscaping. Just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you plan your next project.