I was asked about record keeping for the garden. I’m a big fan of Evernote.
It’s free. I use the $45/year pro level but I’m uploading a lot of info on a daily basis.
You can upload pictures as well as notes and pdf files. So if you take a picture of your garden, you can attach that to your note and upload the entire thing as one. You could make individual plant notes from year to year, or garden notes or any kind of note category you can think of.
All your notes get “tagged” so you put descriptive text on the note so you can search through them at any time to pull up your notes.
I use my daily to-do lists in a To-do folder and organize each week’s activity in a separate note. This lets me search through the lists to find completion dates or other notes on the week (like telephone numbers etc)
It’s on the Net so you don’t lose it. You can switch computers and then simply download it. When I switched from Linux to Macs, I lost a ton of stuff. No more. Everything is now portable from system to system. And I use the iPhone app on my iPhone and iPad to enter notes etc. When I get into wi-fi range it syncs to my desktop.
You could make notes about each plant. For example, you could have an individual note for each species of plant. For example, a tomato note, a daylily note etc. And on those notes you could put your growing information, pictures (let’s hear it for not forgetting the name of that fancy daylily because you have a picture in your file) and you can edit them from year to year to add notes and observations (like when you move the darn plant halfway across the garden and you forget where you put it)
You can organize yourself in any way you think is best – as you can see, there are a ton of ways (including latitude and longitude) to tag and organize your information.
You can add voice-notes as well. So dictate directly into Evernote with your phone.
So – put away the old-fashioned notebooks you write in (or not) and then never can find what you’re looking for again. This is a workable solution to keeping notes. The trick is in using enough tags so you can search for them later on.