July 5th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 27
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The Crowsnest Pass Gardening Club
Garden Journal
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Lorraine Halton
Member of the Crowsnest Pass Gardening Club
Why do we need to keep a garden journal? Simply because we have long, dark winters between the growing seasons and, unless we have been gifted with incredible recall, most of us have no memory of what we did the previous season. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have forgotten where I planted the newest acquisition even though I was sure I would never forget, or have found myself completely perplexed by a newly emerging, unidentified plant in the spring.

Record keeping can help with practical information such as what varieties have been tried and which have proven to be the most successful. Note keeping can be a useful way to remind us when to prune shrubs, lift bulbs, or divide perennials.
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The journal can also be used to record what inspires us or to describe challenges we have faced and the solutions that have worked. It can also include ideas for future projects or wish lists for gardening tools and gadgets. For the more artistic, it can include photos or sketches. I have seen workshops offered on how to create a personalized garden journal, which sounds like a ton of fun.

The most important role of a garden journal is encouragement. Some of the projects we take on can seem quite daunting in the beginning. As gardeners, we tend to look at our yards with a critical eye, always noting what still needs to be done. Remembering where we started, especially with the use of photos, can be a real boost.
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Do I have a journal? Yes, but it is not as current as I would like. My first attempts at recordkeeping where in the form of a note book with sketches of each planting area. I even got ambitious and named the areas! When the pages of the notebook started to wear out from the constant erasing needed because I was always changing my mind and ‘re-working’ the beds, I decided it was necessary to come up with a better system. I purchased a journal intended for gardens, which I am enjoying- when I remember to use it.

Lorraine Halton is a member of the Crowsnest Pass Gardening Club. For information about upcoming events she can be reached either by phone at 403-563-5152, or email at lshalton@gmail.com.
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