Thursday, June 24, 2010
I've been gardening for the last four years. Each year I make changes, I grow new types of veggies/fruit, I might change the garden location, or I realize we don't like something but we love another veggie. It gets hard to remember what worked from year to year so I realized I need to keep a garden notebook. It's similar to a homemaking notebook. I have a page where I design my garden layout, what I bought, how the plants grew in certain locations, etc.
This year I found out that we really really love sugar snap peas and fresh broccoli so I'll be making notes that I'll want to plant a lot of those plants next year and to plant the broccoli earlier!! We also really liked our lettuce so I'll be planting more of it but in a shadier location so it won't get bitter too fast.
I'm also writing down when I need to plant new strawberries and how my fruit plants are doing. I want to know how many I'll need to add next year.
I also write down any quick tips I find for keeping weeds down or how to grow a better tomato. I also have a section for canning recipes and tips. My canning section also has a place to record how many things I canned and what we need to can more or less of. I also record how many jars I purchased and if I need to be on the look out for more.
Having a garden notebook can save you tons of money because you'll have a record to know the best prices for seeds/plants, how much you need to plant for your family, and where the plants grow the best!!
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