Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Garden Journaling and Planning: Free Journal Page Printables

Yeah!  We've overhauled our garden journal freebies into a revised design pack and have been adjusting it to your inputs since (last updated February 2018).  The current freebies consolidate the best bits of the original journal printables and expansion pack along with more recent reader requests/suggestions.  Our original mix-and-match sets have grown into a massive 62 page mix-and-match set of journal pages, and these are available in four garden-fresh colour schemes. The basics are the same as the original freebies (although a few style adjustments have been made over the years for commonality and user-friendliness), but the variety of options have grown substantially over the years.  You can download your favourite colour scheme or mix things up between as many as you wish!

The printables are free for your personal use as a little present from us to you.  It's absolutely not required, but it would be awesome and greatly appreciated if you followed the blog via Bloglovin' and/or joined us social media, if you're not already following the fun.  We welcome social media shares and linking with love, but please link to this post, not the download direct. Thanks! :)

Access and Download the PDF Garden Journal Files:

Note: These printables have been uploaded for sharing via Dropbox as a consolidated PDF file. Simply click the link above to view and download. They are A4 (our local paper default), so simply fit to page if you are using a different size, such as standard letter.  Only print what you want to use and remember to recycle when you're finished, unless you are keeping garden archives of course. Enjoy!

Each PDF garden journal file currently includes (ordered as per the PDF files):

  • Cover/Title Page (Two Formats)
  • General Use -  Year at a Glance Summary (Two Formats)
  • Planning - Garden Planner Page
  • Planning -  Seasonal Garden Planner Pages (One Per Season)
  • Planning -  Monthly Garden Planner Page
  • General Use -  Garden Planner Monthly Calendar 
  • Plant Information -  General Record for Growing (Two Formats - Landscaping and Edibles)
  • Plant Information - Records for Growing from Seed (Two Formats) 
  • Plant Information - Records for Growing from Bulbs (Two Formals)
  • Plant Information - Records for Growing from Cuttings (Two Formats) 
  • Plant Information - Records for Growing from Seedlings (Two Formats)
  • Plant Information - Plant Details (Three Formats, Plus Colour Options for Organisation)
  • Plant Information - Plant Details (Detailed Record Sheet)
  • Plant Information - Plant Details (Detailed Long Term Growth/Harvest Tracker)
  • Task Planning/Tracking - Pruning (Two Formats)
  • Task Planning/Tracking - Planting (Two Formats, Plus Two Style Options)
  • Task Planning/Tracking - Spraying (Two Formats, Plus Two Style Options)
  • Task Planning/Tracking - Feeding (Two Formats, Plus Two Style Options)
  • Speciality Garden Tracking - Watering
  • Speciality Garden Tracking - Finance/Expense Table (Blank)
  • Garden Health - Soil Condition (Two Formats)
  • Garden Health - Pest and Disease (Two Formats)
  • Garden Health - Wildlife (Two Formats)
  • General Use - Layout Pages (Four Formats)
  • General Use - Garden Notes (Two Formats)
  • General Use - Garden Worksheet

Please please please don't try to use all of these!  These sets are NOT intended for use as-is in a single journal, but as a whole variety pack of options from which you can select the pages you'd like to use and how. Mix-and-match to create your own custom journal, basic or detailed. There is intentionally a lot of choice, overlap, and similar worksheets with different formats or degrees of detail so you can mix-and match what works for you.  As per your suggestions in our comments and on social media, I've be putting together some garden journal ideas, tips, and page use examples - check it out here

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. I'm a lazy journal keeper and definitely don't use everything in these packs!  I just try to keep a very simple binder with basic notes on what I plan and like/dislike for better future garden planning and growing. It's a little hardcopy file of notes, sketches, and little tidbits like packets, labels, garden calendars, and guides, supplemented with my mobile phone for photos. Easy peasy!

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, 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:


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I'm new to gardening, and am looking for a way to keep track. Something I can't seem to find is just a simple watering tracker. I have plants that need different amounts of water and I'm looking for a schedule so I can remember when I watered what and what needs watered when.

    1. Thanks, Jen! I haven't used a water tracker (probably because we get way too much rain here most of the time to worry much about watering!), but will definitely put it on my to-add list. :)

    2. Hi Jen, A new updated expanded set of freebies was linked to the post this week, and it now includes a watering tracker if you're still looking. :)

      I struggled with how to do this practically if someone wanted more detail than just jotting on a calendar, and finally settled on an expanded calendar format that lets you track by weeks and days thereof with lots of flexibility for what was recorded and how. I'll include a completed example in my tips post as well.

  2. Something for pruning would be great if possible when you do an update. Love my journal made with your printables. Thank you so much!

  3. Also a monthly planting page that we could fill in for our own area and plants. :-)

    1. Great ideas! :) Thanks for the suggestions.

    2. A new updated expanded set of freebies was linked to the post this week, and it now includes tracking sheets for pruning and planting if you're still looking. :)

  4. Can’t seem to load he updated version

    1. Hi there!

      I just did a test load and all four Dropbox files are opening normally for me, so perhaps it was just a random outage/glitch. Each of the links below the photo will open a PDF file for the mix-and-match set in that colour scheme. The only links in the post are to the updated files - the old links have been replaced.

      They are large PDFs, so it may take a minute or two for the file to open, and then the link to download from Dropbox is in the upper right side of the screen. You don't need a Dropbox membership for access or download, so you can dismiss any popup invitation is shown and go straight to the file.

      Hopefully things are smooth going from here, but if you're still having trouble getting the files, you can PM me with details and we can email you with your preferred copy if you'd like. :)

  5. WOWOWOW I'm so happy I came across your site. Don't have sign my life away, truly complete, beautiful, well thought-out. What more could a gardener ask for? And you are very responsive to your visitors. Truly refreshing and appreciated.
    Now I'm going to check out the rest of your site thank you so much, nice lady!! :)


    1. Awww! Thanks so very much for the lovely comment and kind words! Good luck with the journal and have fun in garden! :)

  6. Just what I have been looking for - thank you!

    1. Yay! Sorry for the super slow reply (holidays!) but thank you ever so much for the comment! This is why we love to share. Makes it all worthwhile! Thanks! :)

  7. This is fabulous! Is it okay if I share a link to this blog page on my FB homestead page? I tried to create my own garden planner, but these are so beautiful and much more thorough than anything I could come up with!

    1. Aww, thanks, Rebecca! You're very welcome to share a link to this post on your page. Sharing shout-outs are great since visitors/traffic is what keeps the free blog going. :)


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