Here at bonusprint we’ve definitely found that spending more time at home has made us go back and revisit some of our old hobbies. Whether it’s model-making, painting, baking, or gardening, it’s good to get back in the groove of something you love. For this blog we thought we’d put together a guide to getting your fingers green. Gardening doesn’t need to be complicated; it can be easy and fun. Whether it’s something you used to do or maybe you’d like to try for the first time, capturing your gardening progress in a photo calendar or photo book is great way to keep a record of all your hard work.

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Getting started

Just like making a bonusprint photo book, the key to gardening is all in the preparation. Set out a plan with what you want to achieve and what you need to get there. It’s a great time to sketch out your ideas on paper — which you can also add to the early pages of your photo book or calendar later on. Make a list of what tools you need and which plants you’re looking to grow and how. It’s also a great way to get all the family together to make a group plan. You don’t even need outside space to get going. If you don’t have a garden or balcony, have a think about what kind of pots would suit your interior design and where your new plants could get plenty of light.

Stay organised

Although the results of your gardening skills will only appear gradually, it’s important to stay organised with what you need to do. Creating a bonusprint photo calendar is a great way to keep track of what needs to be planted and when, as well as any other important green-fingered tasks that need to be done. You can personalise each month to add in your own key dates when you create the calendar, so you can easily keep up to date with everything you need to do throughout the year. Remember to take pictures of your progress so you can create another photo calendar next year, using the results of your hard work.

Start a gardening journal

With all the preparation done, it’s time to get your hands dirty, and enjoy doing some actual gardening. You won’t believe how quickly the time flies, so keeping a journal of everything you’ve been doing, as well the growth of all your plants — make sure to label them all clearly — every week is a brilliant way to keep a record of how you’re progressing with your hobby. Add in whether it was raining or sunny, sketches of the plants, measurements, descriptions and, of course, remember to keep a photo diary of everything you get up to. Get all the family to contribute their words and pictures too.

Create your own photo book

The snaps you take of the results of your gardening skills will make a great photo book. Make sure to take as many pics as you can, right from the very start of your gardening story. Get the whole family involved to help create the photo book, get their favourite experiences, photos, and stories as you move through the seasons. You can also upload scans of sketches you’ve made, plans you’ve written, and tips and tricks that friends and family might have sent you to add extra great content, giving the book added layers of fun.

Get the kids involved

Getting the kids to help you with the gardening is a great way to spend some time together as a family. Enjoying moments together with friends and family as you garden is a brilliant way to socialise together, and it’s fantastic for teaching the kids about biology, life cycles, sustainability, and healthy eating. Get them involved in planting, watering, preparing, harvesting, and digging. They’ll love pulling on their wellies, rolling their sleeves up, and getting their hands dirty. Remember to take some action pictures of them hard at work for your photo book or set up a gardening-themed photo shoot with watering cans, hoses, forks, and spades for a bit of fun.

Having a family gardening project is a great way to learn, have fun, grow healthy food, and enjoy nature. It’s also a brilliant way to create new memories across the summer and into the autumn, providing you with all sorts of content to create your very own calendar or photo book. To start your photo book all you need to do is head here and get creating.

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