Gardening is something that I don't think you can ever truly master. There are so many variables. The seeds, heat, rain, sunlight and soil, just to name a few.
One thing I find very helpful to keep track of my gardening from year to year is my Garden Notebook. It starts with the seeds.
Another biggie, is knowing where you planted everything. It's good to know so that you can rotate your crops effectively. I find that I can always draw up a beautiful plan, but rarely stick to it. The solution for me was to draw up a final plan.
Separately, I keep a tally of what got canned and preserved. This lets me know if I need to grow more or less of an item depending on our usage. For instance, we're not big green bean eaters. I have 20 more qts of frozen beans in the freezer. I'll only plant a few for fresh eating this summer. Also, last year was an amazing summer for tomatoes. I canned up so many that we'll be good for a while. Now, I won't cut back on those. They're temperamental and a big part of what we eat. What I will do, is experiment a bit on what I'll do with them. But that's a post for another day.
Do you keep a notebook? What do you keep track of?
This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday.