I’ve had several queries by email recently from gardeners who have forgotten what they planted. Some of these are from people who are new to veggie gardening so they don’t recognize what’s growing as it matures. Others either have recently placed something in their garden and lost the tag, or have forgotten over the years what the perennial or shrub that’s been growing in their garden is called.
In the old days people kept journals. They would write down what they planted and which varieties did especially well. Occasionally they made notes about the weather or when the first hummingbird returned to the garden. Some of these journals were even so beautiful that they remain works of art.
For most, those written journal days are gone. That doesn’t mean that keeping a record of what you’ve planted has also disappeared. Let me suggest that the new garden journal can be found in your hand, pocket, or purse right now. It’s your phone.
When you bring a plant home, take a photo of the plant with the tag in front of some of the leaves. That way, if you forget what you’ve put in the ground you can compare what’s growing to your pictures.
You say like keeping a written journal? By all means, keep at it. But if you’re not the write-it-down-and-keep-it-all-in-one-place type, take a picture.
Great idea CL!
Good plan, Cathy!
When I am planting a mixture of flowers, I keep all the tags in the same place in the pot. It has really helped me remember what I bought since I’m not that knowledgeable about flowering plants.