Keeping a Garden Journal
A Garden Journal is a record of your garden’s progress. It will show you your acheivements from year to year and record the changes you’ve made to your garden. Once it’s set up you’ll be able to compare each year’s results and solve the problems that your garden may encounter. Use a 3-ring binder or bound notebook with at least 12 lined pages. Write with a regular pen but use a highlighter or different colour to mark anything special you want to make note of.
Setting up your Garden Journal:
Example of a Garden Journal for the Month of May
May 8 Soil warm and ready to till and condition. Marked out rows, made and put in markers. Hardened off seedlings.
May 15 Planted calendulas, cosmos, garlic chives, carrots, Pontiac and Yukon gold potatoes. Covered carrots with ½ inch (1 cm) of sawdust.
May 22 Had frost last night but nothing damaged. Added mulch and weeded. Rained twice this week.
May 29 Planted Early salad, Ultra sweet and Burpee big boy tomatoes. Added toilet paper roll collars around them. Some seeds up, cosmos and calendulas. Rained today.
May 4 Too cool and wet to start working the soil. Made my garden plan and row markers.
May 11 Cool, wet spring. Soil needed a few extra days to dry. Tilled, added compost and put in markers. Hardened off seedlings.
May 18 Planted calendulas, cosmos, dill, Yukon gold potatoes and carrots. Added ½ inch (1 cm) of compost.
May 25 Added mulch. Planted Better Boy tomatoes. A warm, drier week. Noticed more birds in the garden this year.
That was just an example. You can alter your Journal to suit your own tastes but the basic format seems to work very well for most gardeners. You can add as many personal touches as you like as long as you keep it easy to read.