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Post  countrynaturals on 12/12/2016, 12:37 pm

LentilSoup wrote:Ok, I'm going to come clean... what with the talk of computer journals and all... I'm keeping a physical journal in a moleskine notebook AND I'm doing an online journal here:

http://myfolia.com/gardener/LentilSoup?display_as=Folians

I actually found out about Folia from a post on this forum, I think.  I've really been enjoying it! Still, I can't quite bring myself to fully trust online stuff, which is why I'm also keeping a physical notebook journal too.
SWEET! I just found my winter's entertainment. Thanks, Kel, for resurrecting this thread. I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/12/2016, 1:40 pm

AtlantaMarie wrote:Everything I do is in that spreadsheet.  Then I can copy from year to year....
I'm adding another "sheet" to your spreadsheet for my journal. I'm going to copy and paste from my posts here, to make sure I don't forget anything. I also keep a hardcopy notebook to keep track of plantings. I have folders of images. After Christmas I'll try to organize it all and make it fun and pretty. Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/12/2016, 1:43 pm

Ginger Blue wrote:Several years have passed since this thread was last in play.  Just wondering what methods of logging/journaling folks are using these days.

If you've purchased a gardening journal book/scrapbook/binder that you use (and like), what kind is it and where did you get it? What types of information does it include places for, and what is it missing that you wish it had?

I'm good with Word and Excel, but recognize the value in maintaining information offline, as well.  Although many of you encouraged me to keep a journal for my gardens this year, I wasn't organized enough to actually do it. It's not exactly a "New Year's resolution," but this is something I'd like to do, going forward.

I have a "myfolia" account, but the site seems awkward to me and haven't really used it.  Do any of you find it valuable?  Perhaps I should check it out, again?
thanks for bringing this back. (I thought it was Kelejan  pale ). Doncha love Tril's avatar? I can't wait to try "myfolia" but it might not happen until after the holidays. I'm buried in fun stuff right now. Rolling Eyes
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Post  plantoid on 12/12/2016, 3:32 pm

Running a master eXcel sowing chart , a sheet for each seed variety & type you have in your PC is ideal if you can do the tapping in on the keyboard without the memory crashing just as you get to the third line from the end .

On my old MS platform no matter how much I hit save , it always crashed on an eXcel document that was open for much more than 20 minutes .

  I now use Ubuntu as my platform & a different computer .
( I'm still learning " how to " with lots of thing for Ubuntu but that's another matter )

What I'm now also doing is using a paid for cloud storage set up to send everything too & get it back from ,
I got sick of losing everything when MS & the computer decided to pay up especially when MS sent me  automatic new updates etc .

My ANSFG work book is similar to an eXcel one , it is stored safely on the cloud .  So I have no worries about my PC dying , someone stealing it or the old add on 500 gig memory store not taking the info .

When I press save it's automatically down loaded to the cloud apparently .
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Post  sanderson on 12/12/2016, 5:14 pm

I have a journal, Excel seed chart that I update, print out and pencil in for year, and and Excel plot plan printed out for each summer and winter crop and pencil in.




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Post  Kelejan on 12/12/2016, 6:58 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
LentilSoup wrote:Ok, I'm going to come clean... what with the talk of computer journals and all... I'm keeping a physical journal in a moleskine notebook AND I'm doing an online journal here:

http://myfolia.com/gardener/LentilSoup?display_as=Folians

I actually found out about Folia from a post on this forum, I think.  I've really been enjoying it! Still, I can't quite bring myself to fully trust online stuff, which is why I'm also keeping a physical notebook journal too.
SWEET! I just found my winter's entertainment. Thanks, Kel, for resurrecting this thread. I love you


No! No!, Country Naturals, it was Ginger Blue who brought it back. Credit where it's due, and all that. Thanks! Ginger Blue.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/13/2016, 6:28 am

Sanderson mentioning her excel plotter reminded me that I do the same on another page of my spreadsheet. I've got my garden plotted out with spaces to write in what I've got in each sq ft.
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/13/2016, 12:08 pm

Kelejan wrote:No! No!, Country Naturals, it was Ginger Blue who brought it back. Credit where it's due, and all that. Thanks! Ginger Blue.
I am so sorry. I didn't mean it. I just had a senior moment. I promise to be more careful in the future. Sad Sad Sad
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Post  Ginger Blue on 12/13/2016, 7:53 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
Kelejan wrote:No! No!, Country Naturals, it was Ginger Blue who brought it back. Credit where it's due, and all that. Thanks! Ginger Blue.
I am so sorry. I didn't mean it. I just had a senior moment. I promise to be more careful in the future. Sad Sad Sad

Thanks Kelejan! okay

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/13/2016, 8:37 pm

Ginger Blue wrote:No worries Suz!!!  I'm glad you're enjoying the thread! 

I'm loving it. Gonna work some more on my journal, tonight. The rain has already started, and supposed to continue non-stop for 3 days and nights, so the timing is perfect. Cool
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/13/2016, 8:39 pm

My notes are all on my mighty iPad.  Notes.  I have 3 basic yearly threads;  plans, execution, and results.  Always different!  

I also use the sketch app to actually map out what is going where.  I have 4 re-purposes window boxes and a 4x4.  Might add a 4x4 for strawberries next year.   That was also in plans for this past season!  

For the seeds under lights etc I use paper with a grid so I can keep track of what is in which cell.  That is a living thing.  I also use that (paper) for direct seeding.  Also noted in the actual SFG document.

Planning/Actual SFG/Results=planning changes!  My motif.

I do not do daily entries.  Only will occasionally to keep track of last/first frost dates.
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Post  katjohn83 on 12/14/2016, 1:37 am

I bought this a few years ago form Lee Valley tools and I love it. Its a ten year journal.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/Garden/page.aspx?p=43043&cat=2,46147&ap=1
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Post  sanderson on 12/14/2016, 2:47 am

katjohn! happy hi

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/14/2016, 7:39 am

Katjohn! Where ya been?
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Post  katjohn83 on 12/14/2016, 8:37 am

I know, right. Life happens. Will be starting a new project soon and seed starting so i will try and be more active this coming year.
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/14/2016, 12:11 pm

Making progress! Cool My "journal" is now in 3 places and soon to be 4. 

I added sheet 3 to Marie's spreadsheet and made it 2 columns -- a narrow "code" column and a wide text column. 

The first column either has the date if it's a chronological entry, or a code like MSC for miscellaneous, BFLY for butterfly info, etc. 

If the entry is plant specific, it goes on sheet 1 in the notes for that plant. 

If it has to do with seed planting, it goes in my hardcopy notebook.

I tweaked the "data sort" feature so it didn't have headings, then tried sorting the whole thing. It worked great. No matter how I enter the info, sorting puts the dated items first, in date order, then the other entries in alpha order by whatever code I enter. YEE-HAH!  geek

While trying to figure out what to do with photos, I discovered a "presentation" app. I'm on the free download "Open Office" but I'm betting this is the equivalent of "Powerpoint" for MS Office users. I probably won't have time to figure it out before Christmas, but it looks awesome. I will be able to put my pics in album/slideshow format with detailed descriptions under each one. LIFE IS GOOD! cheers
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Post  Kelejan on 12/14/2016, 12:48 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
Ginger Blue wrote:No worries Suz!!!  I'm glad you're enjoying the thread! 

I'm loving it. Gonna work some more on my journal, tonight. The rain has already started, and supposed to continue non-stop for 3 days and nights, so the timing is perfect. Cool

It's funny how three letters Kel can cause such a kerfuffle*, but not as bad as badmouthing one's CEO via email and inadvertently sending to BCC. which was everyone in the company.  Only recently our Seniors' group newsletter writer did the same thing, and thought that it did not matter.


* A Brit. Colloq word.  I checked to make sure I had not made it up.
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