Time for garden admin!
While the summer growing season is still fresh in our minds, now is the perfect time to get our “garden administration” done. Sorting garden pictures and writing down notes of what went well or not so well is key to a successful garden next year.
Here’s how I use Gardenize during fall
- When I’m out in the garden, I take photos of my plants, borders and any activities I do, such as plating or digging. Since I’m often a bit dirty, or because it´s cold, I usually wait to enter notes in Gardenize until I get inside.
- In the evening, after boiling a cup of tea, I sit down with my laptop and log into my Gardenize account.
- I enter any newly planted plants and complement with pictures I have taken.
- I go through the activites I have completed and add them as events, whether I have a photo or not.
- I find it much easier and quicker to write longer notes; for example when I am at my laptop I journal how I have performed certain tasks. Then I get use of all my fingers and not just thumb or index finger 🙂
- I swipe through My plants and check if I need to add some notes here or there.
In front of the computer it is easy to look up additional data about a plant and it to my Gardenize account.
- I search by plant name, variety name or scientific name and get a short list of e.g. tomatoes or roses.
- Plants that don’t have in my garden yet, but that I would like to have, I mark in a special way. I have a garden area that I call “Wish List”. To this area I connect the plants I don’t have yet.
- I look through my garden areas. It is so much fun to browse through the pictures and see how the different places have evolved over the past seasons.
- I update the plants connected to different areas where needed, by adding or removing plants. This is easily done by dragging and dropping the plants to and from the different areas. I wish it was just as easy out in the garden when I plant!
Plan new activities
- By creating new events and setting future dates, I can plan and get an overview of things I should do on the weekends or better yet, next spring!
- I also look back on my timeline and see what I did in the garden this time last year. It is very interesting to compare the last time I harvested a cucumber or when it was time to moves plants in for winter storage.