Well, the calendar says I have been blogging for a whole year now. (Where did that year go?)
My main objective in this blog thing was garden journaling. Of course, I have fallen far from my goal, and instead have had a number of detours instead, mostly soapbox-worthy things regarding the quality of our food. Besides, a journal of "X bloomed on Y day" is really insufferably boring copy, even to its gardener!
But memory fails, often, especially regarding the garden. So I will give you all a tip. I expanded my veg beds considerably last fall, and now it's far too large for me to keep on top of it all, especially as a sketch on a piece of paper. So here is my answer. Recycling.
This is a cut-up piece of a vinyl miniblind. Yes, it's recycled, but from GoodWill: our farmhouse was last decorated in the days way before miniblinds, frankly. If you cut them at 6-7", and write on them with a permanent marker, these things will be legible through the season. A deciphering of my scrawl lists the seed variety, the plant date, the point of origin of the seed, and the date I got the seeds. I usually bury them to a height of 2", and hill mulch around them enough so I don't have to look at them, unless I really want to.
Where this blog will go is a mystery. It has been an enjoyable morning routine for me. I have really enjoyed "meeting" all of you, as that has been the biggest surprise of all: readers!