Keeping A Garden Journal

Garden Skeleton

It’s fall and things are dying back in the garden (like the skeleton laying on the garlic bed). But don’t cry yet, there are things you can be doing in the garden to prepare for next year!

In my opinion, one of the important fall to-do’s is updating or creating a garden journal.

Now is a great time to think about what you grew, what your family actually ate, what worked well, and what didn’t work. I planted way too much swiss chard and my lovely family won’t eat it. I’ll skip the swiss chard next year and try broccoli which I know they’ll eat.

If you don’t have a garden journal already, now is the time to start one! It doesn’t need to be fancy, just a spiral notebook will do the trick. It’s a great way to keep record of what worked and what didn’t. I draw out my garden (a very rough sketch) and make note of what was in each raised bed. This helps me consider plant rotation for next year.


Here are some things to consider and jot down in the journal:

  1. What and where you planted this year
  2. What and how much of it your family actually ate
  3. What were the garden success and failures
  4. What you’d do different next year
  5. Make a list of the crops you’d like to try next year and start sketching a plan for where you’ll plant things

I use the Vegetable Gardeners Bible (*affiliate link) to help me figure out which plants go well together, which plants to rotate with which, and when to plant each.

If you’re looking for other fall garden tasks, here is a terrific list from the UNH Cooperative Extension.

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