As you expand in your crop planting and gardening, you'll be taking more than just pictures of your lovely plants. We all know keeping garden records is important, especially if you're maintaining a vegetable garden for food.
I've been keeping a notebook myself about all the goings-on in my garden. The challenge comes now when I get my scribbles all mixed up and confusing.
But with the help of my fancy gardening tool, which is a laptop, I got my hands on the best catch for any crop planting gardener. It's a simple planting log sheet made to organize your messy notes.
Find out more about it as you read on.
Crop Planting Tool For Smart Green Thumbs [Gardening Log Sheet]
Gardening is a continual learning process. Even certified green thumbs can overlook some important details. So keeping a record of your crop planting will help avoid future gardening mistakes.
You can even produce your own heirloom seeds, and take pride in them by listing the little details. Knowing the factors that lead to an abundant harvest or the tastiest produce will help with consistent crop outcome.
My laptop didn't just play some relaxing music while I was in the garden. It helped me with this simple crop planting recording tool. Start recording your gardening plans and outcomes now.
Check out this garden season crop planting log sheet and find out what you need to record:
Column 1. Crop Variety
It's a long process, but recording each variety you've grown year after year will help you identify the best variety for you.
A kind of vegetable can have dozens of varieties, so keeping records will help you identify each. Over time, you'll be a master of crop varieties.
Column 2. Date Planted
Taking note of this information will be especially helpful if you want a year-round harvest. This will help you time your next batch of seeds to be sown.
Column 3. Number Of Plants
Not all the seeds you've sown will grow to maturity.
Keeping a record of the number of seeds will help you compare germinated seeds versus seeds you've sown.
Column 4. Date Germinated
Seed packets only have information on the days it takes for the plant to mature. That's why it helps to identify the date the seeds germinated.
You can compare the seeds started indoors using indoor grow lights and the seeds started in natural sunlight.
Column 5. Date Transplanted
Taking note of the date when the seedlings are transplanted, whether in a bigger soil block or directly to the ground, is important. This will allow you to compare notes with your new or previous log entries.
Column 6. Number
Keeping records on the number of seeds transplanted will help you identify which plant variety best.
This column will be repeated for some vegetable variety that'll be transplanted to a larger soil block.
Column 7 And 8 Repeated Sections
This section is repeated for entries on the transfer of some plant seedlings, from small pots to larger soil blocks and the date of the trans-planted plants.
Crops like tomatoes and peppers can even go from sowing seeds to transplanting in the garden.
Column 9. Initial Harvest Date Estimate
You can estimate the initial harvest date by adding the days it takes for the seeds to germinate, and the days to maturity. You should also time your next planting date from your initial harvest date estimate.
Column 10. Days To Maturity
If you're growing from seed packets, this information should go in this column. This'll help you estimate the harvest date.
Column 11. Actual Harvest Date Estimate
Taking note of this information will help you plan your next crops.
You can start to sow some seeds so they'll be ready for transplant after the estimated harvest date.
Column 12. Notes
This section in the log sheet is for your own personal observations. You can have entries about your comments on the crop size, features, and taste. This way, you can identify the crop variety ideal for saving seeds, and replanting.
Check out this video on garden planning from Gardener's Supply for the extra techie gardener:
Taking gardening notes is both important and practical. This crop planting log sheet is an organized way to keep track of your gardening information. You may transfer your previous notes, and organize it business like. After all, we mean business when it comes to our family's health and nutrition.
I would love to hear from you how this crop planting log template has been helpful in your gardening. Share it by posting your thoughts in the comments section below.
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