If you don’t already do this, consider keeping a garden journal. Buy yourself a blank, hardcover notebook and “dig in!” There are many ways to approach it. Here’s what I do:
Each spring, I draw a rough “map” of the vegetable spaces in the garden. I draw lines and label each area with what I have planted. That way, I can keep track of crop rotation from year to year.
I keep a record of what date I planted each crop. If I remember, the brand and variety of seed gets listed! I make a note of when I start harvesting each vegetable, just for an “almanac” sort of record.
I record which vegetables grew well and what flunked despite my tender care. And make notes about what to do next year, as these ideas come to mind.
Also, I keep a list in the journal of what canning, drying and preserving I did.
If you keep a garden journal, you don’t have to start form scratch every spring, wondering what you did last year and where you planted what!
Remember, it’s your journal. You don’t have to show it to anyone, so it can be as neat or as messy as you please. You can adorn it with drawings, and paste in clippings of interest.
Mine has now been going for a decade and I started a new one this spring. It’s fun to look back and realize how your knowledge has grown from your own experience, from any courses you took, or from good old trial and error!
PUAA is offering a course in “Seed Saving for Beginners.” Instructor Michelle Younie is a young farmer who has been successful in saving seeds from her favorite vegetables and using them to grow next year’s crop. She’ll share her methods with us and answer our many questions. She’s offering this class on Tuesday, September 16 from 6 to 8 PM.
Tell your friends and register soon; this one will fill up fast. Reply to this email or call 250-494-8244 for more info and to register.