I’ve never kept extensive records for our vegetable garden or our perennial beds. I’ve tried to keep a garden journal, but it’s not been my thing. Gardening is a leisurely activity for me, though full of hard physical work. However, I do have two charts that I use each year and this year, I’m going to try adding on another two charts.
I’ve always kept a seed starting chart to remind me when to start seeds indoors during the winter. With my winter sowing experiment this year, I haven’t needed the chart, but I’ll be using it for seeding fall crops.
For the past few years, I’ve been using a succession planting to keep track of when I plant certain crops during the growing season. Typically I plant small amounts of lettuce, spinach, carrots, and beans every two weeks to keep the plants going and the harvest manageable. This strategy helped last summer which was an extremely dry summer. If I had depended on one planting for the summer, I wouldn’t have been able to fill up our basement freezer with homegrown veggies. Our supply of canned tomatoes did suffer, but we had jars left over from the previous year to use up.
This year, I have added to my garden folder a chart tracking how many pounds we harvest from each type of vegetable and a chart tracking my various food preserving strategies. Either may fall by the way side if I get too busy. I’m hoping to at least track our harvest to see how much our initial expenditure on seeds saved us.
I’ve uploaded my four charts to Google Docs and linked to the Google Doc page permanently on the right hand side of My Daily Round.