Garden Diary Tips

Garden Diary Tips
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Consider keeping a garden diary this year. It will not only be a "memory keeper", but it will help you in planning your garden next year. You can do this on the computer with ease, but I personally like to use a notebook with pockets for keeping the seed packets and labels from new plants. Here are some other tips for keeping a garden diary:
-Buy a binder plus looseleaf and graph paper to plot out your garden-you can also buy pockets to insert for the packets and labels.

-Record both successes and failures! You don't want to repeat a planting that you didn't enjoy or that didn't work well in your garden. Also, record what you liked or didn't like, and what you feel you could have changed.

-Don't be afraid to move plants and rearrange! Your diary is great for planning this. Write down your ideas, and then look up what season the plant should be moved in, and make a note of this so you'll remember!

-Make a record of the birds, bugs, butterflies or other wildlife you attracted and whether it was a good or bad experience.

-Your diary can be as simple as you want it to be, or you can add pictures, articles, sketches, quotations, garden inspirations and more as you go along. Be creative and don't think of it as a chore!


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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