Monday, March 1, 2021

Let's Talk About My Gardening Notebook!

Do you have a 'gardening' notebook that you make notes in about what you plant, when you plant and other pertinent information about what you plant?

Mine is a work in progress and today I added a page about leeks ... yes, leeks!  I planted leeks today and took the time to complete it's page.  I thought you might like to see the kind of info I include ...

These notes are on the variety I planted and customized for our area. (I would add a separate page for each variety.)

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Variety:  Giant Musselburgh  (Heirloom)

Best planted in fall or late winter

Sprouts in 7 – 14 days

Ideal Temp:  45-80 degrees F

Seed Depth:  ¼ inch

Plant Spacing:   4 – 6 inches apart

Frost Hardy:  Yes

Minimum Full Sun:  6 – 12 hours daily

The Musselburgh is a large, mid-season leek with a mild flavor, tender stalks, and excellent tolerance to cold. It also happens to be one of the larger leeks, averaging 9-15" long by 2-3" in diameter.   Approximate days from seed to harvest:  120 - 130

Planting Instructions:  Sow indoors in late winter.  Set outdoors 6 – 8 weeks before last frost of spring into rich, finely worked garden soil.  Hill up plants for long white shanks.

How I use leeks:  (use the complete plant)

In salads (raw)





Stir fry

Potato cakes


Making stock

Additional Notes:

Preserve by freezing or dehydrating

Leave 3 – 4 plants in the ground to go to seeds for next year’s planting

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Having this information filed alphabetically in a notebook is a big help to me when it comes to planting, harvesting and using what we grow.  Do you have a similar system?



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  1. Because my gardening is limited to only deck rail flower boxes and a few pots, I no longer keep a gardening journal. I use these for herbs and vegetables for table eating. Now, my canning notebook is a different story ... and that includes favorite farm stands (and any new discoveries), notes on their selection during the previous year, how many jars I have on hand as of May 1, and plans for what I'll need to can during the summer months of each fruit/vegetable. Additionally, I'll make note of any comments from those I gift / share my yield with -- did they like the recipe, was it too spicy for them, etc. This helps when a particular product comes to market, as I know what I'll need to purchase.

    1. Lori, you've inspired me with your canning notebook! Thank you!


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