Tuesday, March 15, 2011

garden journal

A few weeks ago, De Cicco and Calabrese broccoli were started in this large 4-pack. The De Cicco had faster and better germination with sturdier seedlings. I'm not saying it's superior, the easiest to grow isn't always the tastiest.

Ended up with enough seedlings for 13 two-inch pots.

They presently reside in the cold-frame and are doing well.

I was quite happily thinking I might have to buy a new blank book in which to record my little planting experiments. But then I came across this nature/garden journal I collaged a while back and had forgotten about. Why does that keep happening? Wish I could at least say I suddenly remembered it and went to look for it, but no. Was just going through a book shelf and there it was. Admittedly, there is a fun side to finding things forgotten.

It was meant to be more than a garden journal really. This was the one and only entry.

And then it was forgotten.

Until now.
Think it's re-entered my consciousness permanently.

I'd love to know -- what is your method for garden-journaling? I'm not very attached to what I've done in the past, still looking for the simplest and most efficient system.


9 comments:

deanna7trees said...

oh, what you have started. reading your post reminded me that when i first moved into my house (1988), i was a gung-ho gardener and i did keep journals. i went and searched my bookshelves and found 3 of them. 2 are mostly pictures with some record of when things were planted and when they came up. the 3rd one is an alphabetical listing with articles cut out from magazines and newspapers as well as specific info for certain plants and insects. it was fun looking through them. i will be posting pictures on my blog, in a bit, if you would like to see them. thank you for jogging my memory.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, oh goodie! I'll be watching for them on your blog!!

helen said...

Being a certified organic farmer we have to have records of when what, and tillage etc. so anything done such as hoeing, compost added etc. i put in a "date" journal and the seeds planted and rate i.e. 2- 4ft. rows 2" apart etc. I also keep very detail records of weather (which effects crops)and harvested dates and amount harvested. anyway that's how I do it, it's daily what was/is done etc. Works well for me and the inspectors for certification always praise my records. :)

woman with wings said...

Helen, oh my, you're an organic farmer! I am so grateful for you and your work. My dad was a farmer/rancher (but not organic). Where are you and what are your crops? Thanks for sharing some of what you track each year, you must be a master at keeping records. I always forget to record weather, but just from my lowly one page here from a year ago, I can tell it was a much milder February in 2010 than this year.

helen said...

I'm going to try this again, lost the last one I typed. Anyway. . .. I grow vegetables for us, used to go to farmer's market for about 12 years with veggies etc.(herbs and essential oils and homemade products from them) Had back surgery so stopped. Husband does lots of acres of organic grains. We live on a very eco balanced farm as we have ponds, woods, wild grasses etc. no domestic animmals tons of wild life as I saw 16 (I counted) deer in the field the other night munching away, and we have hardwoods in the back which house wild turkeys (there preferred habitat. We live in lower Michigan, about 40 miles from the suburbs of Detroit.

woman with wings said...

Helen, I think I want your life! I loved reading about your farm -- ponds and woods and wild animals -- it sounds amazing. And both hard and rewarding to be leading the rest of us on the path of organic. Why don't you blog, you have so much to share and could teach us all?

deanna7trees said...

yes, helen. i, too, would love to see you blog. we need to learn from you.

deb g said...

I have bits and pieces of info scattered everywhere...notebooks, binders, the blog. One of my goals this year is to keep better records...

woman with wings said...

Deb, oh me too -- the goal part. Now that I've found this journal, I've got my fingers crossed.