Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: Fall journaling
Oh, quit your groanin’! It’s not the chore you think it is! Seriously, journaling what’s happened in your landscape is the best way to track what you like or don’t like in your gardens. It’s also a great way to keep track of weather and to help diagnose issues that may pop up.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve thought, “oh I’ll remember that”, and promptly forgot it. Annual flower combinations that I love, I try to write down in my journal what I did. How long did certain flowers actually bloom rather than what the catalog or tag said? What were those tomatoes I loved? Which ones just didn’t produce the way I thought they would? What was the weather like? What insects invaded? What diseases showed up?
The list goes on…. Grab a hot beverage, sit by the outdoor fire and write! You’ll find that you may write other notations that talk about how you felt, what bird delighted you, how the trees sounded in the wind. I love those memories.
I know there are all kinds of digital ways to keep track of your “stuff” but, I still enjoy actually writing it out in a journal. Although I admit my hand gets a little tired!
I won’t be planting any other carrot but ‘Purple Dragon’. The ‘Mighty Sweet’ cherry tomatoes were very prolific, tasty and wonderful roasted too. I’ll plant those again. I planted Burpees ‘Butterbush’ squash and while I got squash vine borer, I still had 2 little squashes and they were delicious.