There are plenty of garden books and magazines on the market, but none of them contain the experience YOU have gained from gardening! Of course, it is advisable to also read gardening books and deal with the respective plant before sowing. But from then on, it is important to gain experience yourself and learn to garden with your own hands (or green thumb).
Gardening never gets boring
Gardening – whether in beds or in flower boxes means learning for a lifetime. Every year is different: sometimes spring is too cold or summer is extremely dry.
Was the pepper too shady or was it perhaps due to the bad weather that there were only small fruits? When did I fertilize and was that sufficient? All of this and much more can only be found out over the years. Therefore, having your own garden or balcony notebook is very helpful to learn from previous attempts at cultivation.
Design your balcony notebook
You must have some beautiful magazines with great illustrations or ideas that you like lying on the shelf, your own photos from the balcony, your favorite recipes, postcards, flyers, stickers, labels, washi tape and whatever else is in the drawers and boxes. Now everything is used!
Step 1: Get a blank notebook with lots of pages – your balcony journal should last as many years as possible.
Step 2: First, your notebook gets a nice cover. You can use a floral wrapping paper for this. There are really no limits to your ideas here. Perhaps you would prefer to work with stamps, pens or stickers? Let’s go!
How to make a cover from wrapping paper: Place the wrapping paper on the table with the printed side down. Now lay the book open on it and roughly cut the paper. Then fold over the protruding pages, cut into the corners and coat with adhesive. So that you can no longer see the paper remnants in the inner part, the first and last pages are glued over the folded paper.
That will be written down
Write down in your balcony journal:
Glue your balcony sketch or your installation plan every year or draw it directly into your journal.
when you started growing the plants and when you pricked them.
which plants you bought as young plants and where (the quality of the plants can significantly determine success or failure).
The weather at different times: is spring rather cold and rainy, summer dry or winter very mild?
When, how often and how much was fertilized and what did you supply your plants with?
Favorite recipes and nice memories such as Photos of cozy evenings on the balcony or pressed petals.
Diseases that your plants had, what you did about them and how successful the measure was.