What’s up with keeping a garden journal? Is it worth your time and effort? Absolutely!
Keeping a garden journal from year to year will prove to be an indispensable tool in your self-sustaining efforts. Despite my best efforts, I can’t remember how my garden performed each summer. Making decisions regarding rotation, placement, purchasing and introduction of new crops will be more educated when I keep records of my successes and failures of the previous years.
How you choose to keep a garden journal will largely depend upon your personality. There are many free garden plotting templates , more here, available on-line if you are into the computer. Purchasing an inexpensive paper notebook or journal is another option, this is what I do. Three-ring binders would work well, especially if you include pocketed pages so that you could save seed packets, photos, ads, etc. You could even make notes and assemble pictures that are kept in a photo box if you like, whatever it takes to insure your garden record happens.
What to keep in your garden journal?
* Products and prices
* Companies you preferred
* Tools that worked and didn’t work
* Seed packets, pressed blooms, dried leaves or other garden paraphernalia to jog your memory
* Dates you started your seeds
* Dates of planting
* Unusual weather patterns
* Seed germination times
* Placement of crops
* Overall observations of plants, blossoms, etc.
* Harvest totals
* Preservation totals
Do YOU keep a garden journal? How has it helped you? Do you feel motivated to start one?