The benefits of keeping a garden journal are many. The journal provides an overview of what to expect in the garden, when to expect things to happen and where changes may be needed. Keeping a garden journal helps you prepare for germination, pest control and preparation of the harvest.
A garden journal records successes in the flower or vegetable garden and can be an essential element in avoiding failures. Crops that did not bloom or produce as expected may be corrected in future years by recording what did not work and trying something different.
Planting and germination records of seeds may provide a necessary overview of what you did right or wrong and allow adjustments which lead to success with future plantings. Perhaps you planted seeds that you misted with water and put in full sun, resulting in a low germination rate. Research may lead you to try misting next time with a low-dose fertilizer and putting seeds in a lower light situation. A record of details may prove valuable to success with gardening projects.
Information in the Garden Journal
Include as much information as you like in the garden journal. At the least, include planting and germination dates, germination percentage and sunlight and water conditions. More information, such as weather conditions may be part of the garden record. Be sure to include information for both indoor and outdoor plants to reap the ultimate benefits of a garden journal.
Following seed sprouting, were there problems with spindly growth or seedlings damping off? Include this in your garden journal. This may lead to changes that can make next year’s crop successful. Too many tomatoes at one time? Pruning of plants or choosing a different variety may be the answer or you may choose a new method of preserving them. Infestation by aphids, mealy bugs or other pests which destroyed much of the crop? Next year you may plant flowers which attract beneficial insects to control the problem.
These are just a few advantages of keeping a garden journal. The journal may be in notebook or calendar form and include calendar pages for what happened on a daily basis. Seed packs or tags can be included to jog your memory. Take time to include gardening events into a journal for use in future gardening successes.
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