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- October 24, 2010 at 2:19 am #29111
Does anybody have a really inspirational way to keep Garden Notes? I have tried everything I can think of – and nothing really ‘does it for me.’ Have tried Moleskin journals – with and without lines. But there is not enough space to tape in pictures and plant tags. Also hard to find entries year to year. Tried a 5-year calendar and had the same problem with space for things I wanted to tape in. Have a 3-ring binder – but there are SO MANY sections – Notes, Articles I want to save, Plants I NEED (aka want),….. Also 5 x 7 cards. What does everybody else do.? This year I am putting the notes on the plants themselves – with a Sharpie and orange tape – won’t forget to look at those in the Spring!October 25, 2010 at 12:31 am #29611
I am also always struggling with this. I have tried writing the notes on tags, but I usually just lose the tags. I also use a palm pilot to help me keep track of planting dates (when I should be planting-not when I actually do), so I thought I might also be able to use it for notes, but it takes too long to write things down in it.
I would love to hear about other people’s note taking methods. Does anyone have a particular brand of 5-year diary or other notebook that they like? Does anyone use the computer?October 25, 2010 at 1:42 am #29612
How bout one of those index card boxes. Divide the box into sections by months. As the gardening season progresses, you take notes on index cards and put pictures of plants and parts of the garden into the sections. Next year, you can flip though the previous year’s section and see exactly what you wrote down and took pics of. You can even stuff news clippings and magazine photos in there.October 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm #29613
I have never been good about this—always relied on a great memory but it’s not what it used to be. Garden journals have been inconsistent at best, and photos are unlabeled and undated. Someone (Margaret?) should develop some really cool gardener’s software for just such a purpose.October 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm #29614
I asked about this today on the blog, too, where there are some answers brewing:
Thanks for raising the topic.October 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm #29756
I’ve never been able to find just one solution to keeping garden notes because sometimes I want to write two pages of information on one plant, and sometimes I just want to make a quick note about where and when I bought a plant. I have multiple spiral notebooks where I keep detailed notes. That works pretty well, but it’s hard to look things up. I also use yearly calendars where I can record exact dates like when I put down the lawn fertilizer or the rose food. I recently bought a garden scribe plant organizer. My mom got one as a gift and liked it, so I decided to give it a try. So far I like it.October 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm #29758
I have always struggled with this too but I started a blog and I’ve actually been able to keep up with it pretty well. I use it to keep track of favorite web sites and garden blogs too. I’ve added a page for favorite garden quotes and poems that I was never able to save in one spot. I am currently working on adding a garden calendar. I can upload pictures directly from my iphone. I garden at my home and also at our vacation/future retirement cottage in Northern Wisconsin so I love being able to access it from anywhere…I can’t ever lose it! I’m not quite ready to share it with the world but so far it’s working great for me. I also have started using the website Pinterest, an online, virtual bulletin board. If you haven’t heard of it yet it’s definately worth a look.October 6, 2011 at 2:01 am #29759
OK, so now that I was thinking about it I played around with adding a calendar to my blog. It was super easy with Google Calendar. They actually provide you with the code based on the settings you choose. I added a calendar tab/page to my blog and Voila…now everytime I update my google calendar it appears on my blog. Of course I will only use this calendar for my garden chores. Take a look…it’s easy to set up.
Go to Google Calendar.
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