If you've struggled to keep a garden alive in the past, or forget what you've done year to year to make your garden successful, we have a little trick that might help you finally get things under control: the Gardener's One Line a Day from Chronicle Books.
While the intent of this pocket-sized grass-green notebook may be a bit more about reflection, we love to use it with a slightly more practical bent. Each day only requires one line, and you can keep five years' worth of one-liners in a single notebook. That means you can track year to year when the last frost was, and how many days it took between planting and when you saw your zucchini bloom.
If gardening isn't your thing, you can opt for the cook's version of the journal. It's a great way to record favorite meals — especially celebratory ones — and gives you a fun way to look back at how your tastes and kitchen skills have changed. This is the kind of food journal we can get on board with.