Monday, January 11, 2016

Garden Journaling and Planning: Free Journal Page Printables


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:

Garden Journaling and Planning: Free Journal Page Printables


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:

 

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for the pretty printables. I don't like being bound to a set schedule and appreciate having lots of options. My current garden journal approach is jotting down notes on a clipboard in my potting shed or around the garden so that I can remember what I have growing where but I like the idea of putting a seasonal reminder list on the wall and might try using those pages too.

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    1. A clipboard is a great idea for sketching and taking notes in the garden! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and you are very welcome for the printables.

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  2. Thanks, I have always struggled with the format of keeping a garden diary. Usually I end up making it too much work and I don't look forward to filling it in. This looks like a great way to summarise information so you can find it again!

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    1. Thanks, Jo! :) BTW I love the look of your blog! Will definitely be exploring your posts. :)

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  3. I'd love a 1/4" grid on a layout page, so I can lay out my whole yard (the smallest grid in your pages would have to be 5 feet x 4 feet for each square, in my whole-yard layout). Also, I haven't looked around your site enough to know if there is some explanation for how to fill out the plant pages, but I am clueless as to what to put in the "Aspect" blank. Is that where the sun requirements would go? Maybe also a season of bloom? Thank you so much for these cute freebies! Just putting in a brand new garden in the yard of our brand new house. I miss my old garden, but am enjoying starting fresh, too.

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    1. Hi Laura! :) Thanks for the suggestion and I'll put it in my notes for future updates. For now, have you also thought about maybe doing a high level sketch of your full garden and a more detailed "zoom in" layout sketch for any special planting areas you might have? For larger gardens it can be super tricky to detail anything more than hardscape and main plantings on a page. If you're planning edibles somewhere, large garden beds, or other special/feature plantings you might like to do a bit of both.

      Aspect is definitely where you can note a plants' sun requirements or a garden area's sun exposure and orientation. You can also take advantage of aspect to note any special environmental conditions or micro-climate areas you might be working with for your garden or your plants (wind, shelter, coastal conditions, drought tolerance, etc) if you'd like. If I was using the long form sheets, I'd probably put bloom or harvest notes under "other". In the short-form notes, there's a version for edibles with harvest columns and for ornamentals with bloom columns.

      There are lots of different sheets in the collection, but definitely no need to use them all. :) Different gardeners like to plan and journal to different degrees so I tried to create a variety page that people can mix-and-match for more/less detail to their personal preferences. There's also no right/wrong way to use them - whatever works for you! Good suggestion to share how I journal in a future post though! Good luck with the new garden!
      I'm starting to plan a new garden as well (moving is on the horizon, but until next year) so I share your feelings. Leave us a comment or send a message if you have ideas for new or changes worksheets as you go through your plan/plant. I'm sure I will have some once the dust settles in our new places as well!

      Have fun and good luck with your new garden!

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    2. P.S. Forgot to add, for smaller scales, check your local office store for graph paper. It's convenient and inexpensive. You can get it in sheets or in pads/notebooks as well! Also you can (at least here!) but it in larger-than-letter paper sizes as well if you want to do a big sketch without cramping everything into a small sheet.

      Check this link (Amazon) for examples and ideas: Graph Paper.

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