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Keeping a Journal for Garden Planning
This is the time of year when the seed and plant catalogs come pouring in and
we can browse through them and start dreaming up our gardens for the current
year. A little planning will help you get what you want out of your garden and
save you some time, money and frustration. A garden journal can be a very
valuable tool when planning your garden. You can keep your garden journal in a
spiral bound notebook, or anything that appeals to you. The bookstores have
journals made especially for your garden if you want to get fancy.
The first thing you want to do when planning your garden is to figure out
what you want out of it. A great way to do this is to ask yourself some
and take note in your journal. Some questions to ask yourself are:
~ Do you want fresh vegetables on the dinner table through summer, or do you
want more than that for canning or freezing?
~ Would you like some fresh herbs to compliment those vegetables, make herbal
teas or to give as gifts?
~ Do you want your yard to be colorful with seasonal flowers and would you
like extras for cutting and putting in vases to decorate your home?
~ Do you want your flower beds to have flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit,
or only flowers?
~ Is there some new plant you want to grow?
~ Where will you plant all that you want to grow?
~ What style of garden do you want--cottage, formal, informal, etc.?
~ Do you want to save a little money by starting seeds, or do you want to
save a little time by purchasing plants?
~ How many plants will you need for a certain area?
~ Do you have time to take care of all that you want out of the garden?
A way to get ideas for your dream garden is to find pictures in magazines or
catalogs that appeal to you. You can paste these pictures into your journal,
or keep them in a folder nearby. When driving around town, look at others'
yards and try to remember what you liked about them. Take notes on what appeals
Once you know what you want by asking yourself the questions above and taking
note on what appeals to you, you get to make the decisions of which plants to
grow. This is where the catalogs can be a valuable tool. You can also use
gardening books. The catalogs and gardening books will list plant names,
or not it will grow in your zone, plant size, plant care and other information
such as flower color.
Once you have planned which plants you are going to grow where, you'll need
to purchase the seeds or wait until the nurseries start selling plants. You can
also put a plant order in through a catalog and they will ship them to you at
your planting date. This can be very convenient.
If you are going to start seeds, it's wise to figure out starting dates and
write them onto your calendar or into your garden journal. To figure out when
to start seeds, find out the number of weeks for germination time on the seed
packet and count back that amount from your last frost date.
Your journal can be a valuable tool next year when making plans. Don't limit
yourself to only writing in your journal now. You can also keep notes through
the year on how well certain varieties of plants did for you, new plants to
try, and anything else that will help you in your gardening efforts. Writing
reading your journal adds another fun dimension to gardening--try it, I think
you'll like it!
About the Author: Monica Resinger is the creator of 'Homemaker's Journal
E-Publications' where you will find many fun and informative home and garden r
elated e-books, tip sheets and how to sign up for her FREE home and garden
newsletter! Click here to visit: http://homemakersjournal.com/
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