This year I am planning raised beds. I will create and make lists of crops to grow and where I will put them. It has been years since I had to plan a garden from scratch and I cannot wait. But what to plant? and what does it need? and when do I start seed? For those answers I turned to my garden journals from years past.
|In 1994 I wrote out a monthly narrative of what was happening in the garden.|
- keep growing notes on new plants I’ve never grown before
- · have a place to refer back on things –
- · What was the date I actually planted my garden
- · When was the garden soil dry enough to do a first tilling
- · When were the first and last frost dates for “my” yard
- · Was this a wet or dry spring and fall
- · keep detailed planting notes for crop rotation in my raised beds
- · have notes on new techniques I learn or want to try
|These are pages from my Garden Journal available on Etsy|
The garden layout is a sketch of the garden. A grid created by inserting a table makes drawing easier and keeps everything in proportion. Leave room at the bottom for a key to list the symbols used to represent items in the garden.
Photographs keep track of how your garden has changed year after year. Panoramic shots or wide angle shots reveal both the good and bad. Close-up photos of favorite plants lets you can enjoy them year round.
Plant profiles keep information about your plants all in one place and at your fingertips. This section identifies plants, tells how to care for them/ and how you cared for them and where they are located in your garden. Find a plant profile page online and print multiple copies if you do not like recopying the same information. Record what you planted, when you planted it and how well it did.
Botanical name and/or cultivar
Type of plant
When to plant or divide
When to prune
Date seeds started indoors
Date planted in garden
Seed or plant source
Fertilize date and mix
Keep track of how well your seeds and cuttings perform.
Seed or cutting source
Date seeds germinated
Total days indoors
Keep track of gardening tasks.
This is a great place to save plant labels, garden articles, postcards, notes and other inspirations.
Keep notes on problems and victories, record rainfall and weather conditions and other notes, drawings or anything else you want to remember, including those recipes I mentioned earlier.