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Is your Garden Book Ready for 2013?


Yes, it’s still 2012 and you’re already being nagged – by yours truly – about getting your notes on this year’s garden in order, somehow.  I sure hope you’ve been keeping at least the tags that came with your new plants, and if possible, the receipts, too.

Me, I kept all the tags and most of the receipts, and pulled them all together in a new 3-ring binder that holds everything about my new garden – the plants, the plans, monies spent, and some  ideas for next year.  There’s a tab in the binder for each plant group, and then a page for each plant, where I paste the sticker (both sides if I bought more than one of that plant), and information like “Bought from Behnkes June 2012” and reminders to myself, like “Pinch in April, June” on the page about asters.


For some gardeners, files in file drawers work better and for others, big envelopes filled with plant details.  I’m only here to encourage readers to take some of their winter downtime to arrange all that super-useful information so that it’s easily accessible.  It’ll be unimaginably useful as a gardening resource, going forward.

Posted by Susan Harris.


Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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