Summary Discover the joys of keeping The Biotime Log! Biotime, or biological time, runs at a very different pace and rhythm to human time. It can be observed by recording events in the natural world. These can be as varied as the day the first spring bulb opens, the last frost before summer, or the first sighting of a species of bird or insect in a new habitat. These events can be part of a larger natural rhythm, like the turning of the seasons, or an indicator of slow changes in an ecosystem, like unusual weather patterns or an increase of average temperatures. This helps gardeners, nature watchers. On a larger scale, we can also reflect on our own biological rhythms relating to the waxing and waning of the moon and the seasons and beyond!
The Biotime Log provides a sound introduction to biotime and how to keep your own log. This is useful for:
Gardeners to plan new plantings and crops protection
Nature lovers to record natural rhythms like the annual migration of birds
For health and wellbeing, to record our own biological rhythms relating to the waxing and waning of the moon and the seasons.
Beautifully illustrated, this ready-made book in which you can note your day-to-day observations will last for years. There are no days or years, just the dates of each month with two days allocated to each page. This allows you to record events by first adding the year at the beginning of each of your entries. Over time you build a picture that you can refer to year on year to compare your observations. Create your own fascinating record of your local environment and its rhythms and mysteries! Your observation will deepen your connection with the natural world around you, your understanding of its cycles, and your appreciation of your local ecosystems.
I was sent an electronic version of this book to review, which is a little unfortunate because this is more of a tool than a simple book. That said, I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns as a super useful tool.
I have a similar tool put out by Lee Valley Garden Supply, which is, I think, a bit larger, more regimented and less artistic. I've found it to be a marvelous tool for getting to know the piece of land you are occupying. I love it so much I gave it twice to the same person by mistake! So I can speak from experience that keeping this sort of log is a great idea.
This is a place to record natural phenomena, like first frost and first ripe fig. (Although you can use it to record many other things.) It gains value over the years, as you compare one year to the next. It moves your observations into the fourth dimension: time. This particular log book has the whole year set out on nearly blank pages, two dates to each page, and lovely illustrations every so often. The essays at the beginning are lovely, emphasizing the importance of observation as a permaculture principle and noting how the act of keeping track of natural phenomena is good for more than just our gardens.
Thinking about this makes me wonder about a crowd sourced version online. It would have to be sorted geographically, but I imagine that observations from other people in Portland Oregon could be useful for me. Sadly, I'm not a programmer, so the dream of an interactive map/calendar/log will be put out into the universe for someone else to complete if we are lucky. If you plan or hope to stay in the same place for years I highly recommend keeping a biotime log, and this lovely version may be just the thing!