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2018 National Gardening Association Calendar Planner Now Available

By dave
November 21, 2017

Our resident graphics designer has created an amazing 2018 calendar planner. It's available for sale as a downloadable file. We have created a video showing how this planner works. Check it out!

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Nov 27, 2017 7:49 PM CST
Just purchased the planner PDF and have ordered the notebook components; mostly I'm excited because I had never heard of a "discbound notebook system" before -- thank you so much, Abigail, Trish and Dave, because this is what I've wished for, for a long time! For years I have kept my garden journal in a spiral-bound notebook -- all the time wishing I could add pages at the beginning or other places. I print quite a few things out from the computer -- my yearly veg garden plan, created in Printmaster; my seed orders, a companion planting chart, my seed inventory list, etc etc.

One thing I'd really love to see in the future is a monthly (or yearly) calendar showing the moon phases; I'm just experimenting with "planting by the moon" at this point, but that would really be helpful to me. Another would be a chart for phenology-type observations, such as when the apple trees are blooming, the first hummingbird sighting, etc.

Other things I'll be likely to add to my planner (these may or may not be of any use as far as something to consider adding to the package) are my master plant list of varieties that I've grown over the years, garden wish list, project ideas, amounts that I freeze and can, some graph paper pages for sketching ideas for planting beds and other projects.

Thanks so much for introducing me to the idea of using the "discbound" notebook, and for providing some basic templates! Thumbs up
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
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Trish
Nov 27, 2017 8:17 PM CST

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Sandy- you will LOVE the discbound system!

Good idea on the moon phases. As for the observations- I suggest printing off extra monthlies and use them for personal purposes such as that. I use monthlies for all sorts of weird things like checking off social media posts so I don't miss days! The sky is the limit on the things you can track Thumbs up

I was a little hesitant to include pages that are redundant to our Plant Lists here on NGA. My first reaction is that I pretty much hate redundancy, so I didn't include them, but I'm really warming to the idea. I know a lot of people are paper based more than tech-based (I am too, but not for my plants), and also because it would give you a place to jot down notes in an organized way in the garden if you wanted to transfer to NGA later.

Keep us updated on your planner adventures!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters Butterflies Birds
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Weedwhacker
Nov 27, 2017 11:38 PM CST
All of my garden records are just so scattered ! I like keeping records on the computer, but then of course I also have my more or less daily journal in my spiral notebook, and my printouts of the garden layout, and the odd pieces of paper where I write down how many pints of salsa I canned that year... well, you get the idea, I'm sure. As long as I've been using computers (since before there was even an "internet"), I still like having things on paper -- I'm old Hilarious! .
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Nov 28, 2017 7:40 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I don't think it's a matter of age- I simply organize better on paper than on the computer. I remember more, I collect my thoughts better. I can get a sense of the big picture, where I can't on a screen.

With my plants, though...I haven't ever gotten past the inability to organize things so I could find them in a notebook On the other hand...I'm terrible at keeping my online stuff in order too! *Blush*

NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.

ElizabethVanNest
Dec 2, 2017 12:16 PM CST
I want to order 2 of these planters but can't figure out how to do it. can you help?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 2, 2017 3:55 PM CST

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Elizabeth, you don't have to order two. Once you order it once and get the file, you can print it off as many times as you want. Smiling

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