The other day a friend asked me how I organize all my gardening information.
For instance, how do I remember what seeds I planted or when?
Well, over the years I’ve tried a couple different methods, but the one I’m using right now has got to be my favorite.
Using an old photo box, I basically use a filing system.
I haven’t taken the time yet to make it ‘martha stewartesh’ yet by printing out labels and such, but for now… this works.
I alphabetically list on each file card which seeds/plants I’ve put in the garden and , if I have them, place the seed packet behind the card.
On the file card itself I write the date I planted, what I type I planted, and where I planted it.
Since we have numerous raised beds, I have a ‘master’ sheet that has all the beds on it that are numbered. That way, I can write..
Green Beans : Kentucky Blue – 4-9-12 – Boxes 2 and 3
This helps in a lot of different ways:
- It lets me know when it’s getting close to harvest time
- I can rotate what I plant in each bed so that I’m not draining the soil of nutrients by planting the same thing in each bed
- I can make notes for things like not liking a certain seed or problems I had with those plants
Also in my little box is a little notebook where I keeps notes of when I spray organic fertilizer or bug sprays.
Being organized like this also helps to keep me motivated as I can really KNOW what’s going on in my garden.
How about you? Are there any good Gardening Organizing tips you’d like to share?
Oh.. and YES.. those beautiful looking radishes in the picture came out of our garden. Yum Yum!