Sunday, October 5

Gardening Calendars

You may not realise but as well as writing blogs, Martyn and I have some websites that we author (doesn't that sound grand).

Martyn has a blog and a website devoted to one of his other interests - steam locomotives (I call them trains and am usually corrected so I am being very careful here). I even help out by taking some of the train (oops locomotive)photographs for him whilst he is busy filming. Quite a responsibility as the thing rushes past offering a few seconds window in which to get a shot!

If you have ever followed a link from the top of this blog you will have visited one of or two of our sites without realising it.
The top batch of tabs all take you to areas on my gardening website.

The bottom row of links takes you to areas that are regularly updated and change monthly. Martyn keeps a list of what is planted and sown each month and also a complete list of what is harvested each month as well as a full list of the seeds and plants we have bought for the year. These areas help us 'remember' how things fare each year and what we did when.

As well as his gardening and weather blog, Martyn keeps a record of the weather conditions recorded by the weather station in our garden. His records go back to 2009 

My gardening website includes a gardening diary section that goes back to 2007 and has undergone several metamorphoses over the years and is currently a picture diary as I felt I was just repeating blog content. 

The blog tends to sample things that we do on the plot and in the garden whereas I try to make the picture diary into a more complete account. 
Each month I also link to all the relevant posts in both of our blogs. If you are interested September's page is here. I'd be really interested in thoughts about how this could be improved.
My other website came about as a result of my having been a primary teacher and also being a gardener at a time when many schools in my area were starting gardening projects. Often people with no gardening experience found themselves leading these projects so I created The School Vegetable Patch website to help them along. Although some parts of the site are aimed at school gardening the site is generally suitable for anyone new to gardening and has Gardening Calendar section with lists of month appropriate tasks. The October page is here if you are interested as it is equally applicable to grown-up gardeners.


18 comments:

  1. It must be fascinating to have weather records going back that far. Just a quick peruse of rainfall this year has been amazing... August vs. April !!

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    1. It does reveal some unexpected results, Jessica and aso at times shows what appears to be happening in your mind isn't in reality.

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  2. I don't know how you find time to keep up with it all as well as having your large plot, it's commendable.

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    1. We really need to extend the days to fit in everything we want to do, Jo

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  3. I am amazed how organized you are! Congratulations.

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  4. You and Martyn are evidently very well-organized people. I like the saying "If you want something done quickly, give the job to a busy person." That's how I imagine you - managing your time, rather than just filling it! :)

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    1. I just have to be busy, Mark I'm not good at sitting still and doing nothing.

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  5. My goodness! How VERY impressive, I'm a little in awe, I can't even put anything in my side-bar.....total technophobe me!xxx

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    1. After being a primary teacher I worked fir the Education Authority as an ICT consultant for schools (mainly primary), Dina, My job was ti teach teachers how to use computers in their classrooms. I started my blog as I needed to understand all the technologies and how they could be used in teaching and learning, I ran courses on web design but was most of the time watching other people being creative so now it's my turn..
      We've also started a http://sueandmartynsportfolio.zenfolio.com/ portfolio for photos and I do a couple of website for a business and a school.

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  6. I'm most impressed to see everything laid out like this. I did know that you did some of this, but I've enjoyed having a look around at all of it. I especially like the school website, really useful and great for children and schools to use. I've just spent twenty minutes having a look round it! I shall print off the sudoku for my biggest boy tomorrow, he loves them. And I'll give those courgette burgers a try too, I still have some courgettes coming in.

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    1. I hope he enjoys the sudoku CJ and tou enjoy the burgers,

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  7. I'm always impressed with your record keeping Sue, I somehow always wind up finding notebooks and ever note more useable so all my attempts at making my own records part of my website die the death!

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    1. Martyn is the efficient record keeper, Janet. He's the spreadsheet and data man

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  8. I started my gardening diary in 2012 so I have to be such organized as you Sue. I write there what I plan or I did the current year. I also write what and where I planted and this is very useful for me, because in spring I can't recollect :))
    I've seen your website, it's very interested!

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    1. It is very useful Nadezda and means you learn from what you have done before

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