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Garden Seeds Project – Photo, Journal, Plan

Garden Seeds Journal Plan @handbookofnaturestudy

We received our seed order from Renee’s Garden and it inspired us to get out into the garden and start our spring clean up. The end of March and the beginning of April is the time we can get out and start weeding the boxes and dreaming of the summertime garden goodness that will be coming fast!

Garden Clean Up March 2016 (12)
Here’s the garden before the clean up.

With all of our children living away from home, the garden chores all fall on my husband and I. I have a hard time bending over for very long so I decided to work a half hour every afternoon and with three days of doing that and one rather long afternoon with my husband, we finished the initial clean up.

Garden Clean Up March 2016 (1)
Here is the after image.

Now we can make a list of things we still need to do to get the boxes ready including a good composting. The drip system needs a bit of revamping as well but we have a month or so before we will need to have the irrigation ready.
Renee Garden Seeds and Plants March 2016 (6)

In the meantime, I will be planting several veggies in containers up on our deck where I can nurture them through the early spring. I will also be planting veggies in the garden boxes but I have enjoyed watching and eating the veggies on our back deck in the past few years and don’t want to miss that experience this year.

Garden Planning Nature Journal Idea @handbookofnaturestudy

As part of the Garden Seeds Challenge, I started on a Garden Planning page in my nature journal. I sketched a few of the seeds we will be planting this year and included some of my garden growing thoughts too!

We looked up our hardiness zone to remind ourselves of when we can plant each of the vegetables we have on our list: Plant Zone Hardiness Calendar.

We can usually count on having a good garden if we get our seeds in the ground by May 1st. I don’t ever plant anything fancy so here is our list for 2016.


  • Lettuce: Baby Leaf Lettuce,
  • Green Beans – French Mascotte (container bush beans), Classic Slenderette (bush beans), Blue Lake pole beans.
  • Tomatoes – Litt’l Bites Cherry (container), Pandorino (Italian grape tomato)
  • Squash – Astia (container zucchini), Raven zucchini
  • Baby Bell peppers


  • Sunflowers- Bird and Bee Pollinator Mix, Sundancer.
  • White Bishop’s Lace
  • Zinnias
  • Echinacea (Paradise mix)
  • Snow Sonata Cosmos
  • White Wonder Feverfew
  • Grandmother’s Pincushion scabiosa

 Garden Clean Up March 2016 (15)

After all of that work, it is so nice to sit with the feet up and enjoy a cool drink as you survey all your hard yardwork.

Gardens ebook Outdoor Hour challenge

If you are a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you will find this archive challenge in the Garden Flower and Plant Ebook in your library. In the ebook you will find a custom notebook page designed for use with this particular challenge.

Garden Seeds Study Notebook Pages

PLUS there is a new printable in the member’s library for sketching your garden seeds too!

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library




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