Finally, there’s a great way to journal your garden progress—to become a better gardener! Right on your phone (or any device), take notes, snap photos, and keep track of what works—and doesn’t work! Introducing the online Almanac Garden Journal, which is intuitively easy to use, looks stunning, and, best of all, is completely free. In this short video, we’ll show you how using the Garden Journal works!
“Although an old man, I am but a young gardener.” –Thomas Jefferson
Note: This Garden Journal is free. You do not need to have an online Garden Planner subscription to access or use it. You can subscribe to the “Free Trial” of the Garden Planner (no payment details required) and then continue using the Journal after that free trial expires. You just need to create an account with us so we can save your Journal entries each time you use it.
Gardeners never stop learning. In fact, the more we learn, the more we realize there’s so much more to discover. When it comes to gardening, the best education is experience. Keeping a gardening journal is a great way to keep a record of that experience—so you can learn from the things that work and the things that don’t. If you’re not sure whether a journal’s for you, this video might just convince you.
A gardening journal helps you keep track of what you’ve sown, planted, tended and harvested during the growing season. It gives you control—so you know exactly where you are—and the jobs that need to get done in the following weeks. By referring back to previous years, you can refine timing and methods to reflect the unique conditions in your garden?
- For example, did the carrots you sowed last season struggle? You’ll know to sow a little later next time.
- Or, perhaps your tomatoes failed to ripen. Then learn from that—by choosing a faster-maturing variety in the future or starting your tomatoes earlier.
Use your journal to record any pests and diseases you encounter, and note down the strategies you used to bring them under control. By keeping a journal, you can improve the way you garden.
Introducing the Garden Journal
We’ve come up with what we believe is a super-convenient journal that is intuitive and a pleasure to use. The Garden Journal can be used on your smartphone, tablet or computer, and makes it easy to upload photos and notes straight from your device. You can record as you garden, and your Journal will help you to learn with every note and photo you add. Best of all, it’s completely free to use!
Record Your Gardening
To open the Garden Journal, login to your Garden Planner account and select the Garden Journal link. The Journal will automatically show you the current week, but you can choose to view a different week from the Timeline at the top.
You can add your own notes, observations, and ideas, or choose any of the Planting, Watering, Tending or Harvesting options to record your garden tasks. The Tending option is further divided so you can record when you’ve weeded, fertilized, transplanted, mulched or pruned.
As you add more records to the week, the icons and Add buttons display a visual summary of your activity, while the Timeline at the top of the page provides a snapshot of your weekly activity - light green indicates Planting, orange indicates Harvesting etc.
The Garden Journal makes it easy to add photos of your garden from your computer or device. If you’re using a phone or tablet, you can take a photo and upload it to your Journal straight away.
It’s easy to change anything, at any time. Select a day, view the details, then change the quantity or planting method; or select a plant symbol to remove that entry if you need to. To edit an entry from a previous week, select the week from the Timeline at the top then select ‘Edit it’.
The Garden Journal enables you to make your gardening more efficient by planning ahead. Select a future week to add a reminder and make a note (you can add a related plant here too). Your reminder will be logged for reference, and can be edited or deleted at any time.
Future weeks display typical temperature highs and lows for those dates, while the current week includes an up-to-date weather forecast so you can plan the best days to work in the garden or, for example, to protect your plants against a late frost.
As you add more entries to your Journal, you’ll be able to look back at previous weeks, months and years, helping your to learn from your own unique experiences. Or add reminders for the following season so you know exactly when tasks are due.
To start using the Garden Journal—for free!—visit the Garden Planner website and create or login to your account.