After thirty something years gardening here in Abbeyside, I’ve got it sorted. I’ve tried several solutions down through the years, but never quite figured it out.
Here’s what happens when I get a new plant:
- Step 1: Give it a label and enter it in the Plant List Book. The label I attach goes like this…. 21P114. The 21 is the year, P means plant, and 114 is the number of the plant. So, obviously the next one will be 21P115. Of course, if its a bulb it will be 21B115. I also use T for tuber and S for seed. As can be seen above, I’m up to 123 so far this year. Items next year obviously move to 22P001 and so on.
- Step 2: If the item is one that I recognise easily, there’s no need to print out the label. I do print the label for seeds and for items I’m likely to forget.
- Step 3: Add a page in the Plant Activity Book. Each plant has its own page, in which all details and activity are recorded. This doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it will happen only at the end of the season, during long winter nights. Most importantly, I record when and where the item is planted, when cuttings are taken, and if there are any problems. If the plant dies, we’ll that’s a final entry.
- Step 4: take a photograph of the plant, and of the information on the garden centre label. In the case of seeds, I photograph the instructions on the back. These photographs are stored on my website alongside the plant information. This is supposedly up-to-date, but gardening sometimes gets in the way. My daughter recently reminded me of the motto “Progress, Not Perfection”. How right she is!
What’s the next item that needs my attention? I’ll think of something. I’m off to the garden now to plant the early potatoes.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to one and all, at home and abroad. Éirinn Go Brách!