I keep my recipes in 2 spots... 1. a binder...As I find new recipes, I copy them with my copier and file them in a binder with A-Z dividers. As I use them, If I like them, I put a star on it and keep it. If I don't like it, I take it out and throw it away... 2. I keep the ones that I like and use ALL the time in a small photo album. They kind that you can slide a picture in to. (only 2 per page.)
as a side thought... I went thru my recipe books (which were in the hundreds) and copied the recipes I wanted to try and put them in the binder. After I went thru the recipe books and copied the ones I wanted, I gave the books away.
I like the idea of a canning journal. That way you know what recipes are keeper and which ones to discard. I canned a lot last year, trying new recipes and making some favorites. This year I am going with just the favorites. I only made two quarts of the Fannie Farmer Tomato Relish so this year all my extra tomatoes and some bell peppers will go with that recipes. I wish I had made a 100 quarts! All my other bell peppers will go into Chow Chow. Watermelon rind and extra cucumbers will go into watermelon preserves.
I keep a garden journal and make a garden plan (map) each year. then I know what worked what didn't, how much produce I harvested from how many plants etc, and how I will rotate my crops for next year. I like the idea of a canning journal, since some things I can go quicker than others, then I could know what to can more of.
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Every quarter, I do a quick drawing of my garden with a few major to do items. I also do a weekly to do list when I have lots to keep track of. I save all these, but I don't keep track of that many details, like how long it took each variety to come up or how many pounds I get.
In 2009 I got a large A4 page a day diary and each morning I put down the weather and the min/max temp and then during the day I add what I've planted, picked, sown and where. This year 20th April was/is bright and sunny, temp range was 22 to 2 to 8.5C at 8.45 this morning. In 2010 it was also dry and sunny and I see I sowed some sea-kale, beetroot and Swiss Chard and I put in a new watering system. In 2009 it was also a lovely day and "very warm out of the shade". I planted out some sweetpeas, some bergamot and a a nepata (cat mint) . I also discovered that my dahlias hadn't made it through the frost and I replaced them with a purply pink umbrella geramium as the colour woud complement the everlasing pea. If I leave the book on the dining table I fill it in and at the beginning I have a map of the veg garden so I don't grow the same veg in the same bit each year. That is really the only useful bit as the weather and the flower garden are just for interest and I do find it fascinating to see what the weather was doing.
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Do you Journal and keep track of what you plant each year, where you plant it and the results of your efforts ??? Crop rotation is key and companion planting is even better.
I do but not so religously. I should try harder so I get better gardening results.
I do have a yard plan so I know where my perrenials, shrubs and trees are. I grow some fruit and more nut trees, berries, etc. When we moved here, I had no idea what the previous owner had in the yard. It took me a few years to figure it out. It was so fun and a good learning experience. Now I have a chart with all of the kinds of trees, shrubs, bushes and plant, all labeled for a new owner, if we should choose to move. It's kind of large as I have 3+ acres of yard plus a 17 acre lot next door. Tho I keep most of my gardening on the 3 acres.
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