How Does Your Southern Maryland Garden Grow? Keep Track in a Garden Journal

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on January 24, 2018

After the frigid temperatures and snow that we’ve had here in Southern Maryland this winter, you’d be forgiven if spring is on your mind already! While it will be many weeks before you can get your hands into the dirt to plant, there’s no reason you can’t start thinking about your garden now!


With a garden journal.

In an article outlining 10 reasons why you should keep a gardening journal, Houzz calls such a journal a “little diary of your gardening life.” It’s a place to keep track of what you planted and where, the kinds of wildlife that visited your garden, and which produce your family liked best.

You don’t need a big garden to keep a garden journal, Houzz says. You can scale the idea down if you have a container garden, just a few beds, or a spot in a community garden. Every garden deserves to be celebrated!

Houzz offers lots of fun ways to use your journal, from sketching your garden or pasting in pictures of your plants in full bloom. Get the kids involved by asking them to draw their favorite plants and flower or having them record observations as plants grow and are harvested. It’s also a great place to keep track of your tools, from maintenance to knowing which neighbor borrowed your hoe.

And, especially now when it’s too early to plant in Southern Maryland, you can use the pages of your garden journal to dream and plan for this spring’s garden. Using the information from previous years, you could have your garden all planned out by the time the sun warms the land.

Do you keep a journal for your Southern Maryland garden? What do you use it for?

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