|The Humble Garden Journal|
It is hard to think about planning for Spring planting when the garden looks like this. But eventually, Spring will happen. And when it does, I need to be prepared.
Several years ago I began to keep a garden journal. This has become vitally important to my garden planning and planting. I primarily use this journal to keep track of the edibles in our various gardens, both annual (like tomatoes, greens, and carrots) and perennial (like strawberries, grapes and blueberries). But sometimes I make note of the landscaping plants if something strikes me as important or something I should remember.
Each year I draw maps of where I planted what with detailed lists of the type and variety of seed including who produced the seed. Then throughout the growing season I write down how everything is doing. This includes information on the dates seeds (or plants) were put in, dates of germination, dates of first true leaves, dates of first flowers/fruits, harvest amounts, and very importantly how the things taste and whether my daughter and husband would eat it. I also track pest damage and control measures, and soil amendments. All this information helps me rotate crops, figure out what grows best in each type of garden environment, and determine if I want to grow that variety again or not.
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