Make this the year you finally start and keep a gardening journal. Keeping records of your successes, failures, pest problems and weather will help you grow a healthy, beautiful and productive garden in a more eco-friendly manner.
Your journal doesn’t have to be fancy, just something you will use. It’s simply a place for you to record information on individual plants, your overall landscape and the weather.
Record both the successes and failures. Yes, I did say failures. This will help you adjust gardening strategies to avoid these problems in the future.
Garden journals are also a great source of information as you plan additions and changes to your landscape. Some gardeners use a spiral notebook while others enter the data on their computer. More visual gardeners use photos and videos while others may use lists, charts and the plant tags. Whatever you choose make sure the system motivates you to make regular observations and entries in your journal.
A bit more information: Here are some of the creative garden journal ideas others have shared with me. Several gardeners invested in photo albums. They slide the plant tags in the pocket and used the labeling sheet to record planting and plant health information. Another gardener pulled apart my Month-by-Month Gardening book and placed it in a 3 ring binder. Then she added blank sheets to record her garden observations and pocket dividers for storing plant information.