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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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The importance of a garden diary.

29 November 2009 20:26:58
The garden diary.

The garden diary.

A garden diary will play a vital role both on and off the veg garden.Why are records such an essential part of garden planning among veg especially because they provide invaluable info for future years.The best sowing dates for the area,successful varieties of veg used,the amount required by the household and how to avoid the gluts and also for filling gaps after some harvested veg.At feeding times,how much they need,did they give me trouble,was i effected by much pests on a particular veg..Another thing that will be noted are times of sowing from seed,when am i due to move them on.It will be already on a tray marker but what happens if that gets mixed up.Just check the note book.How long will i have to wait before i can harvest them.When do i feed the ground for the following crop.That is just some of the important points to remember in the vegetable garden all helped on with the use of a note diary.


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J.D. J.D. 29 November 2009 20:48:52

When you put it like that, John, I can see now the importance of a diary. Well done in informing us future small-growers what is involved. Ta!


AitAlainn AitAlainn 29 November 2009 21:20:44

It is great to get into the habit of recording things as they happen. So often I say -"I must write that down later" and then I forget to!


Mairin Mairin 29 November 2009 21:26:03

John, I am forever grateful for your journal entries.  While I might have a diary, I wouldn't have thought of even half of what you put into yours.  Another one to be copied and pasted into my c drive.

 


milkchurns milkchurns 29 November 2009 21:40:16

hi john, i have to agree with you there john. a good diary is just as important as the spade and trowel.a single sheet of paper will do to record the valuable information in the veg garden. things like did i grow too many cabbage last year. when did i sow the tomatoe seeds. did i sow too soon or to late.which swede did better for me. as i'm sure you know yourself john i could go on about this and fill a page about the "IMPORTANCE OF A DAIRY"


fran m fran m 29 November 2009 22:26:44

John, Just another case of us getting sorted out, and getting some organization  sorted out.


kitkat kitkat 30 November 2009 09:05:12

A good idea Johnplotman and you could have a section at the back for all the recycling tips and hints that you learn on this website.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 30 November 2009 11:44:45

good sound advise :O)


Periwinkle Periwinkle 30 November 2009 11:47:14

Yes, I'm all in favour of keeping a diary of the garden, even though I dont grow much veg. But recording what is in bloom at a given time, when things were planted and of course a weather record is most useful. I've been doing it for a number of years now.


sparrow sparrow 30 November 2009 16:39:04

The diary is a great idea. I started keeping one last year as your advice. Thanks again for the lovely books.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 November 2009 18:59:10

Thanks you all.

The diary is vital throughout the year.Another line of defence in the garden,and some of the way to help fight again garden pests.


Dahlia Dahlia 30 November 2009 20:48:02

John thats a brill idea and especially for me, a beginner, an idea i will take on board. I always record the weather on the calander and keep them all, its so handy to take them and look back on the years when we did different things like paving, taring and such, its amazing how much we forget,Thanks John


Johnplotman Johnplotman 01 December 2009 18:30:11

Thanks Dahlia,

It is handy,thats for sure.Like yourself i love to love back the years.No matter how much we know the diary will always remind us of something that needs doing in the garden.


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