These are all thoughts that can go through a gardener's head throughout the year. But now you can easily take the guess work out of gardening by keeping a gardening journal.
This can be as elaborate as you wish. For me, my garden journal is a simple spiral bound notebook I use year after year. A more elaborate design may include seed packets, plant markers from purchased plants, drawings or photographs.
What to write in your journal?
- The name of plants you grew from seed and when you planted them.
- The name of every plant you place in your garden and yard; perennial or annual. Note where the plants are placed in which planting bed or the direction of the yard.
- Any yard maintenance you did: placing mulch, making a new planting bed or trimming trees.
- Any problems with the weather or animal issues in the yard.
- Draw out your vegetable garden design for the year. This helps you to rotate the types of plants placed every year which is beneficial for the soil and your harvest.
- A list of what is harvested when and how much or the weight of what was harvested. (this is my favorite part!)
- An additional thing we keep track of is what and how much we freeze, dehydrate or can from the garden and when.
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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the Earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. - Thomas Jefferson