Updated: Aug 27, 2020
Have you ever found yourself wracking your brain trying to remember that tomato variety that produced amazingly last year, or how many bean plants you planted last summer, or how about when you transplanted your peppers to the garden last year? The best way to avoid trying to remember these details is to keep records. A garden journal or a planting log is a great way to keep track of what's going on in the garden and help you better plan for next year.
Each year we keep a log sheet that contains information such as what was planted (vegetable and variety), date planted, germination date, how many were planted, transplant date and number transplanted (if sowing seeds indoors). We also keep track of harvests dates and how much plants produced. This information helps us plan for future growing seasons. We are able to determine what we should grow more of (or less of), what did well or not so well in our growing environment and it allows us to better prepare for succession planting and getting the most out of the growing space we have.
Whether with your computer or tablet or good old pen and paper, we suggest keeping records if you want to get the most out of your growing experience. For example this year we started our peppers a little bit too early. Because of our record-keeping, we can look back and on this year's records and make the necessary adjustments to next year's planting calendar.
Just a tip.
"In order to keep proper records, you have to know what you're growing, so be sure to label each of your seeds when planted. It is such a simple step but it is easily forgotten, trust us, we've been there!"
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