Many of you already have a garden journal and I applaud you! It is so important to write down what you are doing for this year's garden. Some of you might be thinking, "I don't even have a daily journal, why in the world would I need a garden journal?"
A garden journal doesn't have to be elaborate. I like to keep things simple, and if I have to write out a big report each day about what I did in the garden, well let's just say it ain't gonna happen!
By now everyone should at least have some seeds planted in your garden. It's has been a cold spring and you might have to redo some planting or change up where you are planting what. That is why I wanted to do this challenge now as it will hopefully motivate you to keep track of all of this. Plus, it helps to bring all that you are doing together on paper.
Next year, you won't be left trying to guess where you planted, when you planted and what you planted. You will have it all figured out!
Here are the main things you need to keep track of in your journal:
1. Your garden layout
2. What you planted (including from what seed company) when and where you planted
3. What you used to fertilize in each area(if more than one) and what you used to control bugs
4. A general weather summary. Was it unusually cold? Wet? Dry? Did it frost late? When was the last frost?
5. How well did each vegetable grow and what kind of harvest did it produce? This would also include any diseases, bugs, etc.
That is pretty much it in a nut shell. Some of you could write for days on this, some of you (like me) can spend about 10 minutes and have it all done! There is no right or wrong way.
Day 14 Challenge - Start a Chore Schedule and Garden Journal
Along with the garden journal, I encourage you to keep a chore schedule. In other words, the big bad seven letter word, WEEDING schedule. We all have such great intentions when we start. The sky is the limit!
This garden is going to be picture perfect like the Amish gardens! Two months later......
You injure your back from pulling 4 foot weeds(that was actually me).
So let's get a schedule going and include your children too. If we do a little bit everyday, we can have that picture perfect garden! But, it must be written down on paper and hung so everyone can see it. Let's do this!
Below are some sites for garden journals and chore charts for each month.
Vegetable Gardening online has a few worksheets that you can print out, but the gardening journal is of particular interest. These are all free printables.
Frugal Living Guide has a free garden notebook that you might want to check out too. This one has a chore chart that you can customize for each month.
Here is a journal that I absolutely love! Stranger and Pilgrims On Earth has a pretty and free journal.
I want it in plain view, not hidden in the journal!
Now, let me share with you a weeding tool that I can't do without. The high wheel cultivator, or I just call it the wheel hoe. It has been my best friend in the garden for four years now. When this wonderful tool falls apart, I will feel hopeless! In fact, we are thinking about getting more than one, because my children fight over who gets to use it as it is much easier than a regular hoe.
Are you in need of like-minded friends who are taking the challenge too? Join the Replacing the Grocery Store Challenge Group on facebook!
Just starting this challenge? Go here.