This is where I begin. My sketchbook - and sketchy it is. It goes way back to my garden in Maine. It's fun to flip through. I add notes, plants, conditions. It's good before bed when your head is spinning to empty out all those ideas - maybe sleep instead of going out to the garden with a headlight. We moved into this house in October and being in the "North Country" not much gardening was going to happen until Spring. So, I actually watched the sun - where it landed in the morning, the afternoon. And the wind (and wind there is!) - what was protected, what was swept away. Come Spring I had a pretty detailed plan of the whole yard and a list of great plants I wanted to try. BUT there is always room for improvement (and more plants). So, I just took some pictures of "lawn" that I would like to get rid of next year. In January and February when I am feeling the "itch" I will print out copies of the photos, sit down with my sketch book and "plan" more garden. Flip through some mail order catalogs, find even more plants that I want to try and place an order so I feel like I'm doing something. Hey, the sketch above is of the backyard on the opposite side of the Butterfly Garden ... but first I needed a place to store my "garden stuff" since we converted our garage into our office/shop.