Every since we moved to this location, I have kept a hap-hazard garden diary. It's in a spiral notebook and contains vegetable varieties, ornamentals planted, rainfall, bloom dates, etc.'s
There’s a lot of info in there but I’m not sure how much constructive use it has. This fall I read The Naturalist’s Notebook by Nathaniel Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich. It contains lots of information on how develop your inner-scientist.
And it is beautifully illustrationed by one of the authors, Bernd Heinrich.
The book includes a five year calendar to record observations - a format that could be handy in recording garden info. In this time of unusual weather occurances and climate change, a multi-year record may help us see if our climate is really changing - and if it is, how quickly. I expect that I will include info specific to our veggie/herb growing along with weather items like rainfall, frost, high temps, etc. And I expect that I'll include some observations of birds and butterfly activity in our yard. That's the initial plan anyhow. We'll see what 2022 has me recording.
I'm so excited about this format that I've put together a free printable 5 Year Garden Calendar for you to use! It was formatted to be printed front-and-back. Print it on heavier copy paper so that the type doesn't show through. I took mine to a printer to be spiral bound - but you can just punch holes and put it into a notebook. I hope you give this a try - it should help make us better gardeners, better naturalists, and better citizen scientists!
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