The beginning of a new year is a great time for all of us to perform a year-end review, of sorts. This holds true for gardeners. Before the chaos of spring comes, right now, in a quiet gardening season, is the perfect time to pull out your gardening journal from last year and look into the past to remember what happened in your garden.
If you happen to heed that advice to keep a gardening journal year to year, now is a great time to go back through your thoughts, successes, and learning opportunities from last year.
If you don't keep a gardening journal and never have kept one before, I highly encourage you to make this part of your New Year's resolution this year. There are plenty of reasons to keep a gardening journal. A journal might allow you to record what day you planted a particular plant or seed, what its germination percentage was, or the type of soil you used for that plant. It will also help you recall the overall appearance and vigor of that plant over its lifetime. This will help you make better decisions as a gardener in the future.