Keeping a Garden Journal

| 2/28/2018 3:27:00 PM

Tags: garden journal, garden diary, record keeping, Terese Houle, Ohio gardening,

I don’t know about you, but these warm temperatures and spring-like rainfalls have me longing to start digging in the garden. Over the last several days, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of all the seeds and supplies I ordered in preparation for this season, which for me begins soon as I start most of my seeds indoors.

This year I was inundated with an overwhelming amount of seed catalogs, and while I love combing through them all, there is no question that at times the task can be intimidating. There is so much to consider when selecting which varieties I would like to grow. Questions such as what do we like to eat, what does well in the market stand, as well as, what did and did not do well in prior years, all need to be answered before I can even begin to think about ordering seeds. There is a lot to remember from year to year.

Thankfully, I don’t have to rely on my memory. Instead, I can turn to my garden journal, where I gratefully refer to the copious notes I have been taking each year since the day I started gardening. Using my journal as my guide, I can confidently browse through all the seed catalogs with the wisdom that comes from the experiences I recorded in prior seasons.

Yes, I know, you are probably saying to yourself, “Who has time to sit down and write notes in a journal during peak harvest?” I get it, as there are days, after spending numerous hours digging, weeding, planting, and picking, the last thing I want to do is write in a journal. But, I assure you, the few minutes you spend recording your notes, will be more than worth your while the following year when you are trying to remember when you picked your first tomato the prior season, or when you saw the first cucumber beetle.

If the task still seems daunting and you are unsure how to even start that journal, here are some highlights of what I like to document in my notebook:

Garden Sketch

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