We're kind of obsessed with record keeping around here, actually. Jamey keeps a detailed garden journal that includes notes about other projects, too. I have separate garden notebook which contains maps, plant/tree receipts, project details, etc. Then I have a canning/preserving journal, a recipe notebook, a bee notebook and a blueberry notebook. And then there's this here blog- yet another means of record keeping.
The other day I came across the map I drew for an interview I did with Homestead Revival back in 2010 (Thanks, again, for hosting me, Amy!) I decided to semi-trace the map and update it. I love to see the subtle changes that take place over time. We won't be left to wonder when we did what or where we put this or that.
This newer map does not show all the woodpiles- they deserve their own map (which I believe Jamey has in his notebook).I also came across a pencil drawing of our back, back yard just after our first (postage stamp) garden was put in. I had forgotten that we had our fire pit and Sam's sand box out back there by the garden. The fire pit is now closer to the house and we have a playhouse (with sand box underneath). That whole yard is now bee, fruit tree and chicken territory.
Another map I found was drawn the very first spring we were here (9 years ago). A wise friend from church came over and walked the property with me pointing out what each bush, tree, flower and plant was. I was clueless. I learned so much that day and having that map labeled with names is a wonderful reminder of how fun that day was and how fun it was moving here.
So. If you haven't started any kind of record keeping, please do. Start now with even a simple drawing of your property/yard. Label it with the date and file it away. It will be a treasure one day. Pin It