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Name: Samantha
Bethlehem, NH (Zone 4b)
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samw0313
Jan 27, 2018 7:04 AM CST
This will be my first year having a veggie garden of my own. I have been keeping notes and thoughts in random places and am wondering how experienced gardeners keep track of the conglomerate of papers, clippings, scribbles, and data.

I have seen journals for sale, but wonder if they are necessarily worthwhile. Thoughts?

Thank you!
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jan 27, 2018 7:37 AM CST
When I had a veggie garden I kept a note book, I'd keep track of where i bought the seeds, when I started them, when they started to grow etc.
I still have my note book and keep track of my houseplants.
I think its a great thing to do Smiling

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 27, 2018 9:54 AM CST
There is a wonderful garden planner right here. NGA, which is owned by the wonderful Whiting family, daughter Abigail designed a most excellent garden planner. The cost is very reasonable and Abigail gets to keep any money for herself which is a good way to encourage a young person to succeed. Check out the thread here:
https://garden.org/thread/view...

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Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 27, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Howdy and Welcome! : Sam. 😀
For over 35 years, I never had a journal. Then, a couple years ago, I kind of got started, by having two varities of snow peas, to see which one did better.

That, got me started.
I started writing down, tricks I've learned over the years, pest control, weed control, etc. On my separate pages of my favorite stationary, binder paper.

They were mixed up. Sooow ! I bought myself a binder and some of those divider page things, like from school days. YES ! I do, remember a little bit, from school days. Rolling on the floor laughing

I grouped, category's together, and listed them under titles.

Not sofestacated Shrug! !, but ! 😀 works for me. 👍

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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Jan 27, 2018 4:09 PM CST
Hi Sam welcome!
I agree with Philip, on the efficiency of the 3-ring binder. Mine has 12 tabs, one for each month. The garden journal has a page for each day of the year. Each page lists the year in the left margin and on the right a notation about what I'm doing/climate/purchases & prices/etc. The following year is just below and its notation. It's a cool way to look back and compare what's going on year to year on any date. I started mine in 1971. Every year I draw up a graph of my veg garden, showing what I have planted in each row, that is also saved in my journal. It helps with crop rotation planning.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Samantha
Bethlehem, NH (Zone 4b)
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samw0313
Jan 27, 2018 4:56 PM CST
Wow, I love all of the great info!

I bought a folder with clasps inside to hold some papers I've already started. I think I will try out the journal from Abigail once I have a clue Big Grin

I started tracking temperature and have drawn up a diagram for a potential garden layout. I meandered through the area I'd like to use, so maybe I'll begin recording some observations while I wait for the snow to melt.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 27, 2018 6:02 PM CST
I'm glad you will give Abigail's planner a try. A good investment. Thumbs up

Since I am still somewhat new to this piece of property I'm still learning the microclimates. I am using the snow and frost to show me the different places that may be slightly warmer or more protected from frost. Photos with dates are helpful.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"

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