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Posted January 10, 2015 at 10:13 am

hello coneheads!

I was wondering who keeps a garden journal? I have been keeping track of, what I plant, when I plant it, where I plant it, who I bought it from, the size when I planted it: a Bonsai pruning and repotting log, seedling log etc…..pretty much everything I can think of: heavy rains, droughts, when I prune things even! It has really been a big help to go back and look over all my notes, and yes, fatalities too!!!
I am to the point now where I have things that have been grounded for several years and doing well

please share with me/us about your note taking experiences 🙂

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Posted January 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I decided a long time ago that I either have time to garden or keep a journal, but not both. I do have a spreadsheet where I note everything that I plant, the size at planting (container size I mean), the date, where I got it and roughly where I planted it. I sometimes do note the grower if I know who it is or sometimes a particularly significant thing that I might forget but it all has to fit on the spreadsheet. As it stands now, when something dies I just delete it, but I’m thinking of retaining it on the spreadsheet and changing the place of planting to ‘compost pile’ or the like. I really like the idea of noting the weather patterns etc but every time I’ve tried to do anything more ambitious it all falls apart!

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Posted January 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Thanx for your reply 🙂 A spreadsheet sounds awesome! I have several years on paper, and also a large drawn map where I plot each of my 90+ Japanese Maples that are in the ground, I only have the map of the JM’s currently.
The guy that owns Plant Delights here in NC has over 18,000 items cataloged, complete with GPS coordinates!

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Posted January 11, 2015 at 8:33 am

I keep a journal with weather and all garden activities. Plant purchases, Plants planted, plants killed, etc. You get the point, I’m sure. I also have spread sheets on every plant category (conifers, hostas, trees, shrubs, etc which reflects Latin mane, month year acquired, where acquired, where planted (one of 35 named gardens. Now Sara, all of this is done at night time after dark.

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Posted January 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

Ha ha ha! I know, I know, that’s what I keep telling myself. But over the years all I have been able to do is to keep up the spreadsheet. I think that the biggest problem is that I have no record of what I killed (or just plain died) and that is what I need to start doing. It will make it more painful, but more useful!

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Posted January 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

it’s always this time of the year that just kills me! just a few more months of dormancy and we can return to some excitement out there eh?
been thumbing through the latest Plant Delights catalog; always looking for companions of course!

here’s to counting down

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Posted January 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Jeremy how early is bud break generally in NC? Out here (SF Bay Area) we are not a good example of winter or dormancy since many of our CA natives are just waking up when the rainy season begins. Do you see signs of spring in February?

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Posted January 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

Hi Mrs Malone, thanx for your reply,
I live in central NC about 45 minutes from Raleigh (and JC Raulston Arboretum :))
February things can happen sometimes, although last year we received snow in February and March, as well as a huge ice storm that took out one of my huge Leyland Cypress, we’ll see some of the ushers: daffodils and things of that nature…..but it usually holds off until late March and April……….our winters are strange and unpredictable

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Posted January 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Wow I did not realize that you could have such severe weather in March! The daffodils are just a tease…

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Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

I use a spreadsheet as well, seems to be the quick and easy way. I am jealous of the folks who have key coded tags that track purchase date, origin information, size, etc – someday. I usually document the names, and dates purchased, but should probably start keeping more “data” I know I will look back and say, “Colby you shoulda…”.

You may want to check out Plants Map – http://plantsmap.com/ – haven’t used themselves but will likely do so in fall for a project I am working on in the City, but I know folks who have and give it two thumbs up.

Bu then there are some who say the conifers are easy to keep track of (his rhodies more difficult as they only flower for a limited time). My father’s front yard in the photo and he can ID all, and in most cases where they originated – lets hope his memory stays sharp! I wonder how I will value these as they are my inheritance and my yard only a third acre.

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