Garden Diary: A valuable wealth of experience

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Nature awakens and with it are again a series of works in the garden - including the sowing of vegetables and annual summer flowers. But which type of carrot was the sweetest in the past year, which tomatoes were spared by the brown rot and what was the name of the pretty pink scented vine? Such questions can be easily answered after a look into the personal garden diary. Because all important work, the cultivated vegetable varieties, the harvest successes and also the failures are noted.

Record experiences and observations

Glue pressed snowdrops into the garden diary

The snowdrops that have spread so successfully under the trees are captured in a photo in February. A few dried flowers are also glued into the book

If the horticultural experiences and observations are recorded regularly - if possible over years - a great treasure of valuable knowledge develops over time. But not only the practical activities can find their place in a garden diary, even the small experiences are worth noting: the first narcissus blooms in the front yard, the delicious taste of even harvested strawberries or the joy that all small blackbirds the nest in the hedge have left happy. Also design ideas for the garden and wishlists for new types of perennials are noted on the pages of the diary.

Material for a gardening diary

Gardening journal with leaners

At the end of the year, the pages of a regularly kept garden diary are as varied as the garden - especially if you use a variety of materials: photos, dried plants, seeds, plant labels or catalog images

Gladly you take the plump information-filled notebook over and over again to look something up or just browse around and reminisce - especially when pasted photos, botanical drawings, pressed flowers or even memorable quotes from poets the notes complete. Such an intensive study of the plants makes working in the garden easier in the long term and probably also helps you to get bigger crops in the vegetable patch. At the same time, the regular writing of a diary has yet another welcome effect: it slows down in hectic and highly technical everyday life.

Write experiences in the gardening diary

Stick photos in the diary

To record his experiences on a regular basis (left) is very helpful, especially for garden beginners. Photographs of individual beds or larger garden situations during the year (right) document your development. Seeds can be fixed with tape on the sides

Collect and dry plants for the gardening diary

To preserve plants for scientific purposes, pressing was once a common method. In the 19th century, the creation of a herbarium for laymen was considered a popular pastime.


Flower Press

Previously, the plants were collected in a botanizing drum (left) and dried in a flower press (right).

During the ramble through nature, the collected plants were placed in a so-called metal botanizing drum. So the flowers and leaves were not damaged and were protected from premature drying. Today, food containers are available. Then the finds are thoroughly dried in a flower press. This can be easily built from two thick wood panels and several layers of cardboard. The corners of the plates and carton are simply pierced and connected with long screws. Spread newspaper or blotter paper between layers of cardboard and carefully place the plants on top of each other. Everything is firmly pressed together with wing nuts.

Garden Diary: The simple variant

For some hobby gardeners, a diary with glued photos and pressed plants may be too elaborate. Anyone who still wants to note down the completed and planned gardening, can fall back on prefabricated pocket garden calendar. They usually have enough space to record every day the most important things, including the weather observations. A lunar calendar is ideally integrated the same way. In addition, many of these books offer useful gardening tips.

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