Garden Journal Journey


Loretta LiefveldAll of the gardening advice articles recommend keeping a gardening journal so you can keep track of what worked and what didn’t work. But to me, it has always seemed a little more like ‘food logging’ – everyone hates it, but it works.

I’ve tried for the last couple of years, using different methods. I tried a ‘diary’ version. A page (or a paragraph) for every day. I would write down whatever I planted or whatever I observed. But after I have a few pages filled, I wondered how on earth I could ever find anything again. I tried a couple of computer versions, so I could do a search. I kept it up for about one week.

Well, here I am again, looking for a solution. I scour the internet for ideas. I get gardening templates from seed companies. Nothing sparks an interest. Finally, I make my own from scratch.

I decided what info I really wanted to capture:

  • What vegetable I planted (e.g. tomato)
  • Vegetable variety (e.g. 'Brandywine')
  • Where I bought it (seed company, if seeds; store, if seedling)
  • What year seed was packaged for
  • Leftover seed? (I’m sure I’ll change this.)
  • Planting info
    • Date planted and how many
    • Date germinated and how many
    • Date transplanted to garden and where
    • Date of first bloom
    • Date of harvest
    • Notes

Now to fit the info into a format that would work. I decided that instead of keeping the journal by day, I should keep it by the variety I’ve planted. That way, I can see all of the info for that planting at a glance. This is what I ended up with:

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