Wednesday, December 26, 2007
A new gardening journal
One of my presents this year was a new gardening journal. Ten years ago, it took a while to find the perfect one and fortunately the company that sells it still has it in stock. This one displays one day at a time so you can see a ten year history of that day on one page. I started my older one in 1997 and incredibly, I will finish it at the end of the month.
Keeping a gardening journal is something that gardeners are always urged to do but you wonder if it is a worthwhile activity. Believe me when I say it is! It will become a goldmine of information for any gardener, reminding you where you obtained a particular plant, what plants have failed and survived in your garden, comparing bloom dates and general weather observations. It will become an indispensable educational tool and one created by yourself! It can sometimes be a depressing document as well (did I really kill that many plants?).
Alas, I am not the best record keeper and I am often lax in keeping mine up to date. I still manage, however, to jot down general observations if I fall behind. In addition to gardening information, I find myself noting social events as well, such as who we had dinner with, appointments, movies we watched, etc. If you have a poor memory like I do, your journal can be instrumental in determining when significant events occurred. Just a few weeks ago, I needed to know when we had some electrical work done. Where did I find the information? In my gardening journal of course! But I digress.
I can think of one thing that would make a gardening journal more convenient and that would be an index. When I get a question or need to find information about a plant in my garden, I know I can locate it in my gardening journal but finding that one piece of information is not always easy. Being a librarian, you would think that I would do something about it but I haven't.
I suppose if a person didn't want to fool with a paper journal, they could use their blog as type of journal. Wouldn't this work? Heck, you would even have a built-in index. Hmmm....
Well, no matter which method you choose (and why not do both?), it is a worthy endeavor and you'll be glad you did it in the future.