A few years ago I decided that I was going to keep track of my gardening. I created a gardening binder and was on my way. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. I couldn’t seem to keep up with it.
I think that I was making it too complicated.
There is so much information that I want to keep when it comes to my garden. I want to know what I plant, I want to know what grows well, I want to know where I am planting things, so when my children decide to remove the labels that I put out in the actual garden, I can remember what is where. I also want to keep a record of weather, so when I think we are having an unusually long winter I can look back and see, no, it isn’t longer, it just feels like it!
This year I decided to take another stab at it, but in a much more simplified manner.
I chose to use a small notebook as my garden journal for this year. In it I will write out what I plant, as well as a diagram as to where I am planting. Then I plan to jot down how things grow, what the progress is, if something gets eaten by bugs or woodchucks, and the weather.
I think that having this simplified garden journal will be a large help. I will have a record that I can look back on next year, without so many pieces of paper to keep track of in a binder. My main concern is to keep track of the growth and how much of each plant I am actually picking from my garden, as well as weather patterns.
I have read about people keeping garden journals, and logs of everything that they grow, and I want to be able to do the same thing. I figure if seasoned gardeners do it, it must be important!
I have been reviving my love of journaling all things lately, but have realized that I don’t want to keep everything in one journal. I want to have them easily available for me to look for any information that I need.
Having this blog is certainly a help. I have several years of gardening information in here that I can search for, and do search for. But, having something in print form is appealing to me. I am definitely a memory keeper by nature, and having a gardening journal to look back on each year will help me grow as a gardener, as well as keep the memories of each garden season available to me and eventually my kids.
Do you keep a gardening journal? How do you plan for your garden each year?