• Krista Green

15 Items to Record in Every Garden Journal

Updated: Jan 12

Garden journaling is an important tool for gardeners. If you are not already keeping a garden journal you are missing out on this helpful tool that allows you to learn from your own experience and gain knowledge specific to your exact location, growing climate and soil. Garden journaling is also useful in helping to prevent you from making the same mistake twice, allowing you to be able to look back on weather patterns and enables you to learn more about the plants you grow in your garden through your own experience.


Gardening journaling ideas with a gardening journal template.  Free Printable garden journal pages and tips along with garden bullet journaling.

Through garden journaling, you can improve on your seed starting dates, soil amendments, plant care and pest control.


Gardening journaling ideas with a gardening journal template.  Free Printable garden journal pages and tips along with garden bullet journaling.

No one can recall everything about the previous gardening years. Journaling gives gardeners a way to look back, change and improve on their gardening techniques and experience.


Wanting a garden journal specific to vegetable gardening and knowing exactly what I wanted in a gardening journal, I decided to design my own. I purposely designed mine as a printable garden journal so that you can print off as many of each page as you need (it never fills up!) and by keeping it in a ring binder you can add in other printable useful information, notes, diary pages, seed packages or printed garden photos. Find my printable vegetable gardening journal for purchase here.



Styles of Garden Journals


Let's take a look at four different styles of garden journals you can keep. Some may choose just one of these garden journaling styles while others may wish to use two or even all four. I highly suggest trying out all styles of garden journaling so you can make an informed choice about what style works best for you.


Purchased "fill in the blank" or Notebook Garden Journal


There are many garden journals that can be purchased and make journaling easy with their prompts of what to write and fill-in-the-blanks spaces. In this style of journal you can include printed pictures and physical seed packages. They can be fun to use with their appealing and inspirational designs.

Drawbacks of this style of garden journal are that they fill up, they lack flexibility and to add photos you have to print them first.


Gardening journaling ideas and photos with a gardening journal template.  Free Printable garden journal pages and tips along with garden bullet journaling.

Daily Diary Garden Journal


A diary garden journal would be a journal with lined paper or a binder with lined paper that you write in often as you would any diary. Benefits of this style of garden journaling are that daily entries become a habit; it is easy to add daily tasks, notes, observances and weather and it is easy to look back chronologically and compare years.

Drawbacks are that there are no prompts or fill in the blanks to save time and that they are generally organized chronologically, not by subject.


Digital Garden Journal/Garden Journaling Apps


Digital garden journals and apps are generally a file in your computer, phone or tablet or a downloadable app. They are often made up of multiple spreadsheets and photos. Benefits of digital gardening journals are that they are easy to edit, there is no handwriting involved and they are generally easy to add photos of your garden to.

Drawbacks are that you