How to track your garden in your planner

Garden Planner

Every spring I spend a weekend perusing local greenhouses and the Lowe’s garden section for beautiful flowers to fill my balcony with tons of color.

But, I don’t exactly have a green thumb. By early summer, I’ve lost the care cards, forgot the names of the flowers and have no idea how to properly care for the plants. I wing it and a majority of the plants live through most of the summer.

It’s a system that works OK, but this year I decided to use my planner to find something that works even better. Here’s what I did:

  1.  I always buy a new planner in the fall, which means I’ve usually got a few months of pages at the end that I don’t use.  So, I looked through the pages in December 2017 and picked one that worked well for this project’s needs.
    I used an end-of-the-week page, because I wanted to use the lined weekend boxes for notes. This was the last week in the planner, so the back of this page is a lined notes page.
  2. I used washi tape to cover the days of the week and the winter-themed quote at the bottom of the page and labeled the page with the year.
  3. I used the blank weekday boxes to track the specific details of each flower. I included the flowers name along with watering and sunlight needs.
  4. The lined weekend column became one huge notes section. I’m using this for observations I make throughout the summer.  I plan to write down which plants thrive, which don’t do so well and details about any garden tips/tricks I try out and how successful they are.



  • Great idea. I use the graph paper. My garden is over an acre and I Ned to keep track what seeds, from where and dates planted and harvested. I know a lot but it works for me.

  • What I did, is I went to Microsoft Paint and made a guide for all of my plants. So It’ll say the plant name, annual or perennial, planting time (early spring, late, etc.) How much to water it, Ideal soil ph, and how to harvest. I get about 6 plants per planner page (5 1/2 x 8 1/2)

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