A gardening journal helps gardeners improve their efforts over time by providing a historical record of actions taken, the weather and other elements and the results.
Example data points
Some data points worth tracking:
- planting dates
- transplanting dates
- source and cost information for plants and seeds
- weather particulars such as rainfall, frost dates and results
- plant characteristics, date of germination, date they emerge in spring, appearance of blooms
- date of harvest (for vegetables) or cut flowers taken
- date and type of fertilizer or other chemicals applied, and to which plants
Famous gardening journals
Among the most famous keepers of gardening journals are Thomas Jefferson, Claude Monet, Vita Sackville-West and Lady Skipwith. Sackville-Wests' gardens at Sissinghurst Castle are kept today based on her written details.
- Cynthia Van Hazinga (1997), Flower Gardening Secrets: Sensible Advice from Seasoned Gardeners, ISBN 0783549369,
Thomas Jefferson saw great benefit in keeping a garden journal. His "Garden Book" contains entries from 1766 to 1824
- Abigail Poulette (February 2008), "Famous Garden Diarists", Organic Gardening: 80
- Journal can help you grow as a gardener
- Free online gardening journal
- Answers to your gardening questions
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