The days after Christmas are a great time for getting your affairs in order. You have some time off and hopefully you’re swimming in new gardening books, and bursting with ideas about the new season. I’ve been using this time to finish off my garden diary which I have been writing for the past year. I started it in January 2007 and it’s just about finished. I have been recording everything that I sow, plant, or prune in the garden and the week of the year that I do it in. When certain plants don’t germinate or they are sown too early I have crossed them out. Today I have been transferring the data to a new notebook since the old one fell apart because I left it out in the rain one day. Now that I have a complete year of information I can start to fine tune it into a very useful list of ‘to dos’. Yes I know there are books out there that I can use to do the same thing but this is done week by week and applies to my garden, in my location, with my weather systems and includes only veg that I like. Basically, it’s all about me!