BREAKING NEWS! We've released a new and improved freebie planner pack in response to your suggestions and ideas (thank you!) and my own use over the past year. The new freebies are a 25 page mix-and-match set of journal pages available in four fresh and flowery colour schemes. You can download your favourite or mix things up between as many as you wish! These files replace the original journal pages shared here. Apologies for any inconvenience and enjoy the new freebies! We've also created a collection of kid-friendly garden journal activity sheets. You can find all of the details and download links here:
One of my quasi-resolutions for the new year to to get things more organised in my life, home, and blogs now that I can finally see the light at the end of the moving/renovating tunnel (this time around at least!). I have been busy working on the garden since we moved, but never started a new garden journal and my haphazard collection of notes, photos, packets, tags, and other paraphenalia is spread all over the place - it's time to change my lazy ways! You can use software/apps or buy a ready-made garden journal, but my preference is a simple binder. Call me old fashioned, but I like to have a hardcopy home for notes, sketches, and somewhere to put little tidbits like packets, labels, garden calendars, and guides, supplemented with my mobile phone photos and perhaps a few handy apps (still experimenting with the latter). Using a binder means that I can supplement my notes pages with other pages and items with a simple holepunch or sleeve. What to include in your journal really depends on your preferences and aspirations for your garden. It can be as simple as some sketches and notes on what you are growing and where or as comprehensive as a full journal of your landscape plans, plantings, harvests, weather, pests, soil, and more along. Keep it fun and interesting, and you're more likely to keep it up in the long term.
Since I was making some page layout for my new journal, I decided to fancy them up a little and add a few extras so that I could share a copy here as a free printable PDF garden journal worksheet download for anyone interested in starting or updating their own garden journal.
Access the new-and-improved garden journal printables via this post.
Access the children's journal and activity sheet printables via this post.
Wish that something was added to the coordinating garden journal printable pack? Leave me a comment and I will see what I can do. :) Don't be shy - if you want it, there are probably others who do as well (see update note below), and I might find it handy for my own journal binder too! Need a new binder to get started with your custom journal or prefer to buy something completely prefab? Perhaps a special gift for a fellow gardener? Check out the ideas below (and more) at Amazon: