Organized Sowing: Scrawl Journal works

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Organized Sowing

By RickCorey
September 23, 2013

Recording when you direct sowed or transplanted out, is the only way to learn what the ideal dates are for each variety in your micro-climate.

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 22, 2013 8:50 PM CST
I use a hard cover note book.
On right hand pages I write date and what i did, planted or sowed.
Left hand pages are left for making notes when something sprouts or not:
or when it flowered etc.
Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9a, New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a)
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JoAnn
Sep 23, 2013 10:05 AM CST
I'm still struggling to find an easy method of recording all my planting information. I've tried some of the software out there, Garden Plan for ipad, but it was just too cumbersome and I spent more time setting it up than recording data. My latest attempt is with an excel spreadsheet. I'll try to keep that up & see how it goes.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Sep 23, 2013 12:20 PM CST
I seem to lose every piece of paper faster than most seeds germinate - certainly before anything ripens!

I never tried keeping everything in one bound notebook.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Sep 24, 2013 5:31 AM CST
I keep all the notebooks, and then I can look up what happened in other years.
I did have the Lee Valley Garden Journal--and used it for several years.
The problem with it was:- that it did not allow enough space for some gardening days.
And some pages for January were bare.

I tried spreadsheets,but when gardening I would not stop to access computer.
It does not matter if I get mud on the scrawl journals.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Sep 24, 2013 1:23 PM CST
The advantage of having it with you in the garden must be huge.

Maybe I should start carrying a pocket pad. I would still have to transcribe things onto the computer: my handwriting is only legible if I still remember what I wrote.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Sep 24, 2013 1:47 PM CST
No one else can read my scrawl journals.
Well--- not and make sense from them.

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