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    Posted on January 25th, 2013 Pam No comments

    1. The most important reason for keeping a journal is to help remember things that worked and things that didn’t, especially information about new varieties.
    2. Almost as important; a journal helps keep us on schedule.
    3. It helps with planting dates from year to year.
    4. Reviewing past journals is fun and helps us improve our gardening skills.
    5. It helps to organize ideas and keeps garden information in one place.
    6. It helps keep all of the family members involved, by taking photographs or making notes in the garden journal.
    7. It is a great place to make notes of inspiration, keep ideas, wishes and dreams.

    1. Big Box – everything goes inside, but it can be somewhat unorganized.
    2. Diary style – more structured and very organized, but usually has a small area to write in.
    3. Notebook – keeps all information in one place, but cannot add sheets later.
    4. Binder – can add sheets later or transfer to a larger size, but kind of BIG.
    5. Photo journal – taking pictures of the garden is great, but sometimes things need to be written down too.
    I have tried all types and I like the diary style the best, it helps keep me on schedule.

    A finished copy of the garden plan, (week 6).
    Photographs, seed packets.
    A list of catalogs that have the best seeds and best prices.

    Notes from books, clippings from catalogs or magazines.
    Information about best and worst varieties.
    Informative books, blogs, magazines or websites.

    List any experiments to test or try.
    Keep track of the varieties planted.
    Planting guides, germinating and transplanting dates, first pickings, harvest dates, harvest amounts.
    List project plans and dates.

    1. Keep the journal open on a table or desk and try to write something in it every week, if not every day.
    2. Use photo album sheets to put seed packets inside, (they can be read from both sides).
    3. Encourage everyone to take pictures or write in the journal.

    Things change quickly in the garden. If photographs are taken each week, a great record of the entire year will be documented. I try to take pictures of my plants or garden every Wednesday. When Wednesday comes around, I usually remember it is picture day. Pictures are easy to use to document my garden. Most digital cameras record the date and other information with each picture. Check the camera’s date to make sure it is correct, then each picture will have an accurate date record. To find the picture date on your computer, right click on the thumbnail and then click properties. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words… only if the picture is taken!

    Here are a few pictures that might help with journal ideas. These pictures are priceless to me.

    This picture is of potatoes and corn. The picture was taken on July 11, 2012, (a Wednesday).

    This is my favorite peony, it is a tree peony, I planted it around five years ago and it has only bloomed twice. The picture of this delicate blossom was taken on June 4, 2012.

    These are potatoes planted June 4, 2012, BTW I planted them on May 7th, so they are about 30 days old.

    This is a row of lilies, taken July 11, 2012

    These are very pretty tulips taken June 08, 2007.

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