By Amelia Tucker
It is a busy time of year on our farm.
Not only are we working on putting the gardens to rest, saving seeds and updating the gardening notes, we are buying a farm three states away!
Our current farm is a great place to experiment with different stresses and varieties of tomato plants but we are outgrowing our hopes and dreams for future greenhouses and markets.
We just signed the papers on a farm in Nebraska and it feels good!
We are going to be re-evaluating our tomato varieties, growing systems and techniques. Both farms are far different in moisture, altitude, season and soil composition.
It sounds like we might have to scrap 5 years of growing and saving and it would be true if it weren’t for one thing: Notes!
We keep copious notes on all gardening information from varieties, start date, conditions, planting location, weather, watering, seed storage and on and on an on…Just about anything we want to know on any given day of any year is put to paper.
I still stick with hand written notes as my first line of decision making. I like to have a notebook in hand and enjoy seeing a smudge of dirt(or tomato juice) on the pages as I look back in the winter to the year’s successes and failures.
I urge all of you to start a gardener’s notebook.
You may not be moving acres of crops but you still will benefit from knowing how warm the season was the year before and what worked for your area. Even if you have never started one, now is the time to at least jot down what varieties you planted this past season and what tasted the best, grew the best, resisted disease or seemed to invite problems.
You will thank me when you order your seeds this winter!