I’m getting smart with my dirt this year. I’m keeping a garden journal.
For two years, I’ve struggled with suffering seedlings, low bearing plants, and failed garden experiments. When garden season begins the following year, I have difficulty remembering what worked and what didn’t.
The pages in my journal detail planting and harvesting dates, diseases, neighboring plants, moon phases, and general care notes. Here are a few highlights from May:
- Tomatoes- 1 pink Brandywine, 2 Roma, 2 beefsteak, 1 cherry
- Cucumbers- 4 seedlings planted beneath corn to prevent weeds
- Pumpkin- Planted by seed beneath corn
- Zucchini- 2 plants sewn beneath bean plants
- Butternut Squash- 2 plants sewn beneath bean plants
- Lettuce- 8 seeds sewn including Arugula, Salad Bowl, and Black Seeded Simpson
- Strawberry Popcorn- 8 seeds sewn
- Bed 3. I’m still trying to catch up after some weekends away. Bed 3 is still missing fencing to keep out the giant rabbits that inhabit this high altitude desert. Until the day fencing is up, the plants will patiently wait indoors.
- To be planted- Beans, strawberries, herbs, pepper, green beans, peas, eggplant, spinach
- The soil is wet 14 hours following it’s watering cycle. The timing might be too long. I may reduce from a 1.5 hour watering to 1 hour.
- Sunken garden beds work well! I sunk all of the beds to create a 6 inch lip to prevent wind damage before the plants are strong enough to defend themselves. Cucumber and tomato seedlings appear to appreciate the help.
- Moon planting- I’ll track the moon phases along with planting details as a reference for outcomes. This is also why I haven’t planted the plants on my to-do list.
- Tomato stake vs. tomato cage- Which is better? To find out, I’ve cages my beef steaks and staked my Romas. Only time will tell!
What’s in your May garden journal?