By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning writer and owner of Tomato Dirt, a leading online source of for growing tomatoes in the home garden.
As the end of season approaches, take notes about your tomato garden. You will be glad you did come next spring.
Your personal gardening notes may be the most valuable resource you can rely on for next year’s crop (followed by Tomato Dirt as a close second, of course!)
Where you put your notes does not really matter. Use a notebook, computer file, gardening journal, or whatever place works for you.
What kind of notes you take will be unique to you, too. For instance, maybe you planted only one or two tomato varieties … but perhaps your climate had considerable weather swings this year. Meanwhile your sister, who lives 3 states away, planted 10 types of tomatoes and her region had a consistent weather pattern. Her tomato garden notes will look different from yours.
Refer to the checklist below to take notes about your tomato crop and pieces of information you want to remember for next year. You can also download a printable version here. You can make copies for each tomato variety you planted or for your tomato garden in general. Fill out the checklist and keep it in your garden notebook so you have a head start next spring!
Starting Tomato Seeds
Planting Tomato Seedlings
Physicist and Nobel prize winner Albert Einstein (1879-1955) said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
That truth applies to gardening. Each growing season allows you an amazing opportunity to learn about gardening, about tomatoes, about your soil, your microclimate, and even your own gardening habits.
As you review what you experienced from growing this year’s crop, you can apply your success and lessons learned to the next time around.
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