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Keeping a Journal for Garden Planning
By Monica Resinger
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
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
questions 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
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
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,
whether 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
try, and anything else that will help you in your gardening efforts. Writing
and reading your journal adds another fun dimension to gardening--try it, I
think you'll like it!
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of many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and
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