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Posted on 09 April 2012 by

Successful Gardening 101: How to Create a Garden Journal

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the New Year approached, I revisited my past New Year’s resolutions and discovered that I had done pretty well.

I met most of my goals and already had some new ones in mind.

These included improving on my diet and workout, finishing up my graduate degree and expanding on my business.

But like most people or I should say probably 99.9 of the world’s population, there just is not enough time in the day to fit everything in. I know what you are thinking excuses, excuses but I found a quote the other day that has spurred me to move past this concept.

Lao Tzu was a very insightful individual who understood human nature. He stated that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. How simple but how true this statement is so this year my motto for all my gardening projects is an adaptation of this quote. My motto is a garden that feeds a thousand begins with a single step.

This year’s gardening goals include personal and business gardening projects.

I plan to have my own garden at home, continue and expand on Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 12 July 2010 by

The Gardner’s Bucket List

garden-bucket-listBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

My career and pastime has always been gardening.

I never really wrote anything down when I was a young gardener my successes and failures drifted off with memory.

But when I had children I realized how important a garden journal really was in my busy life.

My journal has become a family history along with a record of my garden successes and failures. Family stories are wrapped up in the pages of garden diagrams, preserved seeds, photos, plant histories, and my own gardener’s bucket list plus much more. My garden journal has become a testament to how my plants and I have grown together along with how growing a garden is much like raising children.

One of my favorite stories in my journal is how red and green balls became a teaching moment for my daughter and I that I revisit each spring. When my daughter was 4 years old she decided that she would help mommy in the garden. She went and got her pink Easter basket and stepped over the little white fence Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23 October 2008 by

Garden Journal Update

By Cindy Naas

I am really big on keeping a detailed gardener’s journal.

My memory isn’t nearly as good as I am sometimes tempted to think it is, and I don’t want to lose the names of current favorite veggies I’ve enjoyed growing.

I also don’t want to make the same mistakes in next year’s garden that I made this year.

This year, my upside -down tomato pot was stolen early in the growing season, so I still have no opinion of how that worked. I intend to try it again next summer. My grape tomatoes did not live up to expectation and will not be grown again. The heirloom Brandywines were heavy croppers as usual.

The early lettuces did well, however Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 03 June 2008 by

Keeping a Garden Journal: I Have A Little List

By Cindy Naas

Several years ago a friend gave me my first garden journal notebook.

This friend is not a gardener but is a compulsive journaler, and was sure that I would enjoy keeping a journal about the garden each year.

At first I wasn’t convinced, but after using it for one season I am an ardent advocate of keeping a garden journal.

Growing Ideas

Each summer as I wander through my newly-planted garden I think about what I’d like to do differently next summer. Before I began journaling, many of those ideas just disappeared. Now, however, Read the rest of this entry »

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