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Preparing a Garden Journal

Preparing a Garden Journal 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

What’s your garden’s story? The days are longer and the temperatures are rising. Spring is just around the corner and it is time to plan your garden. If you are novice gardener, this will take a couple of years of trial and error planning to determine what grows best and where. One of the most important things you can do for a successful garden year after year is to start a journal and write down everything from what you planted to what succeeded and what failed. Keeping a journal gives your garden a story. There are so many variations of vegetables to plant that not all of them are successful in certain conditions and areas. If you live in an area where hibernating your garden for 6 months is necessary, forgetting what worked and what didn’t is likely. Having a garden journal guides you to plant new varieties and avoid old mistakes. Some of the things to keep in mind when keeping a journal are: Plant and seed names It is very important to write down the full name of the vegetable you are planting. Just writing tomato is going to confuse you when there are so many varieties. For example, Roma tomatoes are a determinate tomato plant and do not grow as big as a cherry tomato that is an indeterminate tomato plant. Documenting plants that are disease resistant will also aid in less stress for future plantings. Taping or attaching seed packets to your journal will help in identifying plants you have planted, not to mention add color and character to your journal. Map your garden Draw a map of your garden making sure to note companion planting as well as types of flowers you plant. Having several different drawings will give you options once you start planting.…

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