| | |

The Garden Journal (Free Digital Download)

The Garden Journal: a free digital download made with your home printer. Easily assembled in a binder or it can be spiral-bound at your local copy center.

spiral bound garden journal with gardening supplies

Up today is a project I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and I’m so glad this garden journal is finished. This journal is a free digital download that’s easy to print and assemble. Any kind of journal is a personal thing…and a garden journal is no different. This one is designed so you can customize it to suit your own needs. For example, if you don’t start or plant seeds, just leave that section out. If you don’t garden in the winter, leave that section out as well. This journal is simple to use, and appropriate for both seasoned and new gardeners. 

spiral bound garden journal with potted pansy

You can find detailed tips for printing and assembling your journal below. If you’ve never used a garden journal, I invite you to try this one. I had never used a garden journal before last year…and what I used was a tattered legal pad! I wish I had a record of everything I have ever planted, and the fact that I don’t is a huge regret. I plan on recording everything from now on.

Update for 2020: There are now two cover pages to choose from! Both covers are at the beginning of the PDF. Also added are divider pages for “fruits” and “trees & shrubs.”

*Affiliate links included. Click HERE for my disclosure statement. 

The Garden Journal Printing Tips

  • The final three lined pages in the PDF should be printed on regular copy paper. 
  • This file can be easily printed on your home computer, or save it to a flash drive and have a copy center print it for you. 
  • Copies needed for a five year journal:
    • Print front and back covers (and notebook spine if desired) on white card stock
    • Print Table of Contents on white card stock
    • Pages 6 – 19: Divider Pages – 1 copy each on white card stock
    • Page 20: “Year” lined page – 60 copies on regular copy paper
    • Page 21: “Budget” lined page – 5 copies on regular copy paper
    • Page 22: “Notes” lined page – 10 copies on regular copy paper

printable garden journal pages pin with text 2021

Adobe Acrobat Borderless Printing

  • Install the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking HERE. Make sure to uncheck the optional McAfee offers.
  • Download The Garden Journal.
  • Find the file in your downloads and open. (It will automatically open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
  • Click the printer icon at the top of the page.
  • Under ADDITIONAL FEATURES click Borderless Printing.
  • A dropdown menu will appear. Choose card stock.
  • Click OK.
  • Under Page Size & Handling, choose FIT.
  • Under Orientation choose PORTRAIT.
  • Your final window should look like the image below. Click PRINT.

the garden journal adobe acrobat print window

The Garden Journal Assembly

I thought for a long time about how to make the garden journal assembly easy and quick. Of course, you can assemble your journal any way you like. That is the beauty of a digital download. There are 14 sections. Each section is marked by a pretty divider page. Between the dividers, are lined pages for your notes and thoughts. If you would like assembly guidance, see the list below. 

Five Year Garden Journal

  1. Cover (There are 2 choices.)
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Garden Goals
  4. “Year” lined page – five copies
  5. Annuals
  6. “Year” lined page – five copies
  7. Perennials
  8. “Year” lined page – five copies
  9. Vegetables
  10. “Year” lined page – five copies
  11. Fruits
  12. “Year” lined page – five copies
  13. Herbs
  14. “Year” lined page – five copies
  15. Seeds
  16. “Year” lined page – five copies
  17. Trees & Shrubs
  18. “Year” lined page – five copies
  19. Budget Tracker
  20. “Budget” lined page – five copies
  21. Spring Jobs
  22. “Year” lined page – five copies
  23. Summer Jobs
  24. “Year” lined page – five copies
  25. Autumn Jobs
  26. “Year” lined page – five copies
  27. Winter Jobs
  28. “Year” lined page – five copies
  29.  Notes
  30. “Notes” lined page – ten copies
  31. Back Cover

Once assembled, your garden journal can be placed in a 3-ring binder. (The binder spine is included in the PDF.) Another option is to have it spiral-bound at a copy center. I took mine to Staples and had it bound for just over $5.00. They placed a thin plastic cover on the front and back, which will help with wear over a five year time period. 

printable free digital download garden journal binder

To get your own free digital download of The Garden Journal, simply fill out the form below. The PDF file will be emailed straight to your inbox. You will also get instant access to the OSP Members Only Library. The library is full of printable wall art, gift tags, banners, eBooks, and more. You will receive new blog posts, subscriber only offers, and other fun news. (For current OSP subscribers, the journal can be found in the Members Only Library.)


I’ve joined an amazing group of bloggers who also create free printables and you can find all their links below. Enjoy!

Ingredient Substitutions List by Ella Claire | Homemade Lemon Curd Labels by Happy Happy Nester | I’ll Wash You Dry by Zevy Joy | Plants on a Shelf Watercolor by Craftberry Bush

Nature Board Vintage Printables by Town and Country Living | Kitchen Measurements by anderson + grant | DIY Linen Spray and Printable Labels by Clean and Scentsible | Colorful Abstract Art by Jennifer Rizzo

Definition of Home by Home Made Lovely | Pineapple Print by Making Home Base | Home Sweet Home by Lolly Jane | Balanced Coffee by Taryn Whiteaker

Home is Where you Park it by Tidbits | Watercolor Lemon Series by The Happy Housie | Watercolor Plant Printable by Nest of Posies | The Garden Journal by On Sutton Place

Semper Fidelis by Paint Me Pink | Hand Painted Feathers by Twelve on Main | They Broke Bread in their Homes by Live Laugh Rowe | Laundry Co. by My Someday in May

Potted Herb Watercolor Prints by Nina Hendrick