Keep a Gardening Journal

My memory isn’t what it used to be. Not that I am old by any relevant standard, but I keep forgetting things that I would remember when I was twenty. It can be small stuff like where did I put the leftover seeds or the pruning scissors or what I did to have such giant sunflowers last year. 

To combat a bit of this predicament, I have decided to keep a journal of what I do in my garden. Nothing fancy with huge amounts of text, but simple facts like when I pruned the roses, when I planted the different seeds and what the conditions were at the time.   

What to Keep Track of

If you think this sounds like a good idea but are not really sure what to enter, here are a few things that may help. First of all, get a sturdy notebook with large pages. You’ll want to be able to take it outside with you, and you’ll want to be able to read your entries afterwards. Order custom stickers online to put on it so you’ll easily find it, and get a pen with a clip so that you don’t lose it in the garden. 

The big things to note down are sowing, watering, pruning and fertilizing. Naturally, you’ll want to record other details in connections to each, like weather conditions and amounts, but those are the main things I would recommend keeping track of. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to know when you pruned the roses last year or how much water they needed?