Garden Journal | Autumn Rituals

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Keeping a garden journal is a return to a custom of the ages that is not only healthy for your garden, but a naturally holistic practice for the mind.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_single_image image=”177554″ img_size=”500×400″][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]

Harvest Season Tradition

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]The end of October marks the final harvest and the beginning of winter season, or the “dark months”, the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]When people lived the land, the last full moon signaled the last harvest of the year. It was a time to come in from the fields, to look after yourselves and your family, and prepare for the cold and dark months to come.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]Thankfully, our lives are more comfortable in modern society, where most of us are much less reliant on our personal land for survival.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]

Nesting Season

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]However; this practice remains, in a sense. We still begin to come in from the outdoors more and more in the late fall, as the temperatures drop, leaves fall from the trees, flowers wither in the garden, and fruits rot on the vine. We begin to prepare our homes for the security and comfort of our family. Just as the plants and flowers return to the earth, we too are grounding ourselves for the winter months. Today, this is more commonly known as “nesting season.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]It is still the time for the home gardener to reflect on the season that has gone by. Use this time as our ancestors did, to evaluate what grew well, what did not grow well, what you will do differently for next season. What will you plant, relocate, divide?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]A garden journal is not only a great way to document our garden season, but it is also a practice that grounds us in our thoughts and plans. Over time, you build a personal archive of invaluable reference you can rely on year after year. You can get as detailed as you like, keeping track of the weather, sunlight, bloom times, pests, or maybe what tools or supplies you want to stock up on for next year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”130px”][vc_single_image image=”177540″ img_size=”500×450″][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_single_image image=”177549″ img_size=”500×400″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]

Pen to Paper

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]Even with all of the modern digital options available to us for journaling, there’s something cathartic about putting pen to paper. In fact, several studies have shown multiple health benefits associated with journaling.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]The practice of journaling is permission to take time out and focus on something that matters or means something to you as an individual. Prepare to transform your garden for next year and nourish yourself, while you’re at it. Just like the plants and flowers, you will emerge in the spring invigorated, and ready with a thoughtful, organized and efficient approach to the season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]

Winter Window Shopping

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]It seems that after the holidays, the novelty of winter begins to wear off for many. Gardeners are already itching to get their hands back into the soil. Gardening shows, magazines and seed catalogs can hold us over for only so long![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]We invite you to do a little garden window shopping with our free online Plant Finder Tool. No registration is required. You can search our inventory, see photos and plant information, get a sneak peek at what’s new for 2022, and even save your favorites to build a personal Wish List. Save or print your Wish List, or look for the option at the bottom of your list to email it to us, and we can begin building your order. We’ll follow up to arrange payment and pick-up or delivery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_single_image image=”177546″ img_size=”500×400″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_single_image image=”177552″ img_size=”500×650″][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]

My Pro Tip

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”45px”][vc_column_text]At the end of each season, I take a video of my garden and narrate it to document my thoughts and ideas for changes next year. As I am journaling my plans throughout the winter, I have a voice and visual reference.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_column_text]We just brought in a limited supply of these botanical journals to our gift shop. Stop by and treat yourself to a little personal purchase, in the interest of health and well-being, for you and your garden![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_column_text]This Garden Journal includes plant planning paper, space to document your species list, grid paper, a compost guide, garden inspiration, tips and tricks, pollinators and pest information, and 50+ pages of journal space.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_column_text]See you at Studley’s![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]

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Keeping a garden journal is a return to a custom of the ages, that is not only healthy for your garden, but a naturally holistic practice for the mind.

Harvest Season Tradition

(options https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/journal-autumn.html?qview=32123811 or maybe place a “garden journal” book on top of this? https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/samhain.html?qview=31372715)

The end of October marks the final harvest and the beginning of winter season, or the “dark months”, the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice.

When people lived the land, the last full moon signaled the last harvest of the year. It was a time to come in from the fields, to look after yourselves and your family, and prepare for the cold and the dark months to come.

Thankfully, our lives are more comfortable in modern society, where most of us are much less reliant on our personal land for survival.

Nesting Season

(matching garden journal page with handwritten checklist on page: What thrived? What did not grow well? Changes for next year, What to plant, relocate, divide)

However; this practice remains, in a sense. We still begin to come in from the outdoors more and more in the late fall, as the temperatures drop, leaves fall from the trees, flowers wither in the garden, and fruits rot on the vine. We begin to prepare our homes for the security and comfort of our family. Just as the plants and flowers return to the earth, we too are grounding ourselves for the winter months. Today, this is more commonly known more as nesting season.

It is still the time for the home gardener to reflect on the season that has gone by. Use this time as our ancestors did, to evaluate what grew well, what did not grow well, what you will do differently for next season. What will you plant, relocate, divide?

A garden journal is not only a great way to document our garden season, but it is also a practice that grounds us in our thoughts and plans. Over time, you build a personal archive of invaluable reference you can rely on year after year. You can get as detailed as you like, keeping track of the weather, sunlight, bloom times, pests, or maybe what tools or supplies you want to stock up on for next year.

Pen To Paper

(would love if we could get the background on this a little more yellow to complement Molly’s journal cover? https://depositphotos.com/serie/88711882.html?qview=89016626)

Even with all of the modern digital options available to us for journaling, there’s something cathartic about putting pen to paper. In fact, several studies have shown multiple health benefits associated with journaling.

Journal time is permission to take time out and focus on something that matters or means something to you as an individual. Prepare to transform your garden for next year and nourish yourself, while you’re at it. Like the plants and flowers, you will emerge in the spring invigorated and ready with a thoughtful, organized and efficient approach to the season.

Winter Window Shopping

(let’s use the new plant finder image ((without text)) from the garden center page here)

It seems that after the holidays, the novelty of winter begins to wear off for many. Gardeners are already itching to get their hands back into the soil. Gardening shows, magazines and seed catalogs can hold us over for only so long!

We invite you to do a little garden window shopping with our free online Plant Finder Tool. No registration is required. You can search our inventory, see photos and plant information, get a sneak peek at what’s new for 2022, and even save your favorites to build a personal Wish List. Save or print your Wish List, or look for the option at the bottom of your list to email it to us, and we can begin building your order. We’ll follow up to arrange payment and pick-up or delivery.

My Pro Tip:

(please insert Molly’s journal cover on bulbs here)

At the end of each season, I take a video of my garden and narrate it to document my thoughts and ideas for changes next year. As I am journaling my plans throughout the winter, I have voice and visual reference.

We just brought in a limited supply of these botanical journals to our gift shop. Stop by and treat yourself to a little personal purchase, in the interest of health and well-being, for you and your garden!

This Garden Journal includes plant planning paper, space to document your species list, grid paper, a compost guide, garden inspiration, tips and tricks, pollinators and pest information, and 50+ pages of journal space.

See you at Studley’s!

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