Posted: 28/06/2017 at 08:20
I keep a garden journal but more diary style than anything organised under headings - so I suppose my only repeated heading is the date. I re-started it when we moved in last year and simply jot down any ideas, thoughts, discoveries, what's flowering or happening in the garden, reminders to look things up etc..I used an old notebook I already had for my first one and now use it as an excuse to buy nice notebooks for when I need my next one (I love stationary so usually have several waiting ti be used)
i make an occasional note about the weather but nothing very structured - have thought I might be a bit more disciplined about this but hasnt happened yet..
I have a long to do list at the back of the journal - I find that easier as that way it is all (or mostly) in one place rather than lots of separate lists throughout the journal.
if I note down any jobs or notes to buy/move a plant etc amongst by jottings, I put an asterisk aganist them so it's easy to find them when I flick through.
I have an RHS diary but haven't used it as my journal as mine only has one page per week and that isn't enough for me.
When I fill up one book, I simply start another - I don't worry about each book been a strict calendar year. It is great been able to look back when you did something or when a plant started and finished flowering last year. When I started my latest book recently - I read through the finished one to capture any jobs which weren't on the long list and ideas I wanted to make a note of or update on, in the new book so I wouldn't forget them. It was quite satisfying to read through and 'tick off' everything I had got done or scribble down a little update against a previous idea.
Dont make it too complicated or it might feel like anither job to do. Maybe make notes each day about what feels relevant and useful to you and then you might find that you naturally start to use certain headings etc. Or want to be able to look up certain information (like the weather).