Got 2 minutes? How about a garden tour?

I am horrible when it comes to logging what goes on in my garden. Honestly I started this blog partly to force me to take at least a few notes about the garden, but beyond what you read here (and you know that that's not exactly a log) I don't do much in the way of keeping track of the garden. But when I'm trying to figure out if a plant is late or early or what it did in the past, I often look through my old pictures, which of course are date stamped these days. I figure that method is better than nothing.

Last week while I was making dinner I decided on a whim to quickly grab a few photos of the garden. Something was on the stove cooking so I knew it had to be quick. And out of the blue, I created a two-minute garden tour.

I snapped as many pictures as a could with my iPhone and then uploaded them to Instagram and Facebook. But several people told me they loved the pictures so I thought I'd share them here too. I'm thinking this might be a very easy and quick way to log what's happening in the garden. I've never been good about keeping notes, but date-stamped photos could let me know what was blooming when.

Here's what I came up with.

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour --Echinacea

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour
 
The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

The Impatient Gardener 2-minute garden tour

How do you keep track of what's happening your garden? Do you swear you're going to remember something only to forget it a couple months later or do you keep a detailed log?

11 comments :

  1. I was using Garden Bloggers Bloom Day as a way to compare from year to year but now I am forgetting to do it. Frankly date-stamped pix are a big help. I label flower photos by variety name in the computer so I can call up all the photos of one thing and compare dates or I just look at a given month and sometimes I look to see what I posted on the blog. Even though I have garden journals they are really about everything that's happening not just the garden. No real way to find anything in them.

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    1. Labeling your photos is such a good idea. I should at least do that. I'm really awful about any kind of record-keeping.

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  2. I do a few thing, I keep a little notebook of EVERYTHING I pick from the veggie garden. I also keep a list of what varieties did well, and what didn't. In that same notebook, I write down ideas for varieties aI may see on a blog, or hear from a friend. And lastly, and probably most important, I take LOTS of pictures. That way I look back at my photos and see when certain things were blooming, or which bed the tomatoes were in, etc...Lastly, I start planning in January what I will order and where it will go. I think you have just motivated a blog post in me for this week!

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  3. You can take beautiful pictures in 2 minutes.

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  4. I use the same method you do, Erin and Linda. I'll look on my blog by doing a search with certain words, but my photos are sorted by month on my computer. I'm horrid about keeping records.

    Which nasturtium is that? I love how the blooms are held above the beautiful variegated foliage!

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  5. A couple of months? I'm more likely to forget what's happened in my garden within hours...I categorize and sort my photos into on-line folders, which frankly takes longer than writing most of my blog posts. I also keep an Excel file of all my plant purchases but it's always out of date. There's never enough time, is there?

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  6. I keep a journal and try to remember to write down things as they bloom and fade. But this year, I have to admit I haven't been doing it. The blog helps me keep track and taking pictures and putting them into "folders" weekly shows the progress of each garden. But I've been lacking in all of this and my gardening. Life just got in the way this year.

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  7. I have 5 garden beds; of these, 2 are right next to the house and 1 is along the wall separating me from my neighbor where I sit (don't have a patio just yet). These are the ones that get all of the attention. Most of the weeds get pulled, and deadheading actually occurs. The shade garden along the back fence and the one behind the garage... those are neglected, poor things. I attack them when the weeds start to get bigger than what's supposed to be in there, then throw down more mulch & pray.

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