Another great thing about the New Year is that I finally get to open my shiny new RHS diary. I use these to keep a log of what I've done in the garden and allotment each day, what the weather's like, anything unusual that happens garden/naturewise etc. etc. Each week's view has a seasonal botanical drawing in the same style as the cover, so there's plenty to please the eye, even if the garden and/or allotment's not going that well.
I've been doing this since 2004, when I received my first RHS diary as a Christmas gift - from the same people referred to in my previous post today. It just cried out to be used as a gardening log and so it began. Looking back at last year's records, I can see I was much better than the previous year with my spring planting, but I finished harvesting my courgettes a whole month earlier. It also was the source information for my previous posts on 2007's allotment and garden highs and lows.
This year I intend to be a bit more detailed in what I record, as I'm sure there's valuable data I can mine from this yearly cycle e.g. when flowers first bloom, the call of the first cuckoo, which seeds germinated best and so on. However, I won't be as detailed as discussed with My Tiny Farm Blog, but then he needs to have a more professional approach to what he does.