Are you trying to plan your garden layout but you don’t have any graph paper? If you don’t want to buy graph paper to plan your garden once a year, this Garden Layout Planner page comes in handy! Just download the pdf to your computer and print out as many copies as you need.
This free Garden Layout Planner page has space to jot down the year, the location of the garden (in case you have more than one space or you have several raised beds, etc), and the amount of space each square represents in your actual garden (1 square = 1 square foot, for example). I’ve also included a reminder to label which direction north is on your plan to help you plan shorter, sun-loving crops to the south of tall crops to prevent shading them.
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How to Use this Garden Layout Planner Page
Once you determine what crops you wish to grow, you’ll want to plan their layout to allow the proper space and conditions for each plant. Check the seed packet for the ideal growing conditions and amount of space that each plant needs to help plan your garden layout. Use this information to fill in the beds of a square-foot garden or to plan rows in a traditional garden layout.
Once you have your final plans ready, you can draw on your layout page and add the crops, varieties, and notes about their needs. If you make a mistake, just print out another page and start over.
Great for Planning a Square Foot Garden
Some large plants, like pumpkins and squash, may take up 10 to 20 square feet. Other plants are small and may only need a few inches of space. You may grow nine or more carrots in one square foot, so be sure to plan according to the mature size of each plant. If you wish to plant intensively, I highly recommend
Works Great for a Traditional Row Garden Plan, Too
For folks who wish to plant their garden in rows, you can also use this planner page to work on your layout. You might find it easier to use small cutouts to represent plants or rows of plants. These can be moved around easily to help you envision your new garden. You might use sticky notes like
Grab Your Free Download…
Feel free to download and keep this planner page in your files to print whenever needed. You can also come back to my website to print the pages again. There’s no fee and you don’t have to sign up for my newsletter just to get this freebie.
I made this worksheet fairly plain so that the graph area is clean and neat… no background decoration to get in the way of planning your garden beds. However, if you like a decorative image in the background, check out the second pdf, below!
Don’t Throw Away Your Garden Layout Planner Page After You’ve Planted!
Keep your completed Garden Layout Planner Page in your garden journal. This helps you plan crop rotation, track the varieties planted, and keep notes about how plants grew in different parts of your garden. Just use a three ring binder – unbreakable” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow”>three-ring binder (ad#) for easy access.
Try organizing your garden journal with tabs to separate each year to make it easier to find things each year. Add some of my other Free Garden Journal and Planner Pages that are helpful for keeping notes, starting seeds in the spring, and organizing your garden chores each season.
If there is a journal page that you’d love to have, drop me a line or leave a comment. I love to hear from my readers and I’m always on the lookout for new freebies to create!
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Lisa Lombardo is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Backyard Homesteading and Organic Gardening for Beginners, and she writes about gardening and homesteading for this website and The New Homesteader's Almanac.
Lisa grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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I am going to share this with family members who garden.
Hi Sue… Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much!
Love the ideas and printables. Thank you!
This is great! I need it, thank you so much.
Thank you so much for this! Us all buying a whole package of graph paper each just to use a few sheets is so wasteful. You’re helping us AND thr environment! 🙂
Awesome. Thanks! I’ll try this out this year
This is very helpful, as I am still working on this Yeats garden plan. Thank you!
This is so helpful!
Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to use it!
Thank you for this! I will make copies and use every year!
I plan to make a notebook with these pages.
Definite need to plan garden anymore as my mind is not what it used to be. Will help me plan a garden, cmpanion plants, and locations
Thank you for the freebie!
I am looking forward to a better garden this year with planning.
I’ve created a similar grid in my excel workbook but I love the idea of a binder to keep track!
Great information! ◇☆◇☆
This will help me layout my garden as we are planting in a new spot this year!
This is so helpful to start planning my spring garden!
Thanks very much for this. I’ll be send a link to this page to a friend who is new to gardening and needs all the help he can get
I use a spiral notebook now but like the idea of switching over to graph paper in the 3 ring notebook.
Holy cow…how didnt I know you had this?!!! Thank you for the free grab for helping me plan my garden! You ROCK!
Limited area requires planning to the max
I had never considered using a graph type planner until now. This will be handy for the whole garden and each planting bed.
This is a great layout for my raised beds this year. Thank you!
Love this. Thanks
This is nice and simple, thanks! Now the only issue is seeing if I can stick to plans and not just start sticking seeds and plants everywhere when I get out there… oh and letting all the volunteers join in too
Love this, so easy to use!!
This planner helps me maximize my garden space while keeping track of what and where I planted!
I like the idea of using a 3 ring binder to hold these planner pages.
Thank you, will come in handy!
Thank you, this is perfect!
Oh perfect!! So glad Mary shared your information!
This is going to be very helpful. Thank you for sharing this.
I’m going to need this since we’re enlarging the garden this year. Thank you!
A garden grid is just what I needed!
I needed this- Thank You!
I have done some layout planning using plant compatability, it was not exactly easy with my garden layout
Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge! I appreciate all you do.
This will be handy to keep track of where things have been planted each growing season, so I can manage crop rotation better.
Nice. I never did a layout in advance. I’m a chaos kind of gorilla gardener
This is exactly what I needed for planning a garden expansion this year. Thank you!
Though I am container gardening, This will help me map out what will go into which. And I’ll be able to save this layout planner for future gardening layouts. Thank you!
I’m moving to the Salt Lake City area in June of 2023, but haven’t bought a home yet. I’ll probably use Square foot gardening or similar raised garden beds. I always forget what I planted where, si this will help me dream and also organize one I get my house.
It’s definitely helpful! Thanks for sharing it!
This is great, this will help me plan my garden with actually seeing it all layed out, I’m such a visual learner.
Thanks for the freebie! I’m mostly doing containers now but this can still help me plan!
Thank you Lisa for your information and planners.
Thank you for the garden layout tips. It’s never to early to plan.
These will be so useful for laying out the new gardens! Starting garden planning now, again, thanks for sharing these!
Thank you for this!
Thank you for the planner. This will be helpful year after year!
This helped me do my garden layout. Thank you
I have never used a garden lay out planner. I am excited to try it out
I do not plant in a grid pattern; so this is not useful for me.
I have to say the idea of being more organized in the garden …something that will make things much easier for us when we begin our first garden in Alaska. I need all the tools and info that I can to make that happen.
This is helpful. It will help us better plan our gardening space
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information and resources that you share! I’m excited about my veggie garden 2023.
Thank you for the great information!
Thank you. This planner will be very helpful with crop rotation.
Thanks for this planner! It is the season now to plan it all out. In my area I can’t plant most things out until after Memorial Day. It seems like forever.
This is great! Thank you!
This is a really good idea
Thank you for the planner!
My son will love this!
This planning sheet is super helpful! People think one just throws seeds in the ground and watch them grow, but to be efficient and effective, you really have to plan. I like to plan my garden lay-out to incorporate rotational planting, companion planting, etc. It’s nice to be able to work that out on paper first. 🙂
Thank you for this gardening tool.
Thank you for this, very helpful and it adds to the winter garden dreams!
I will definitely use this planner and appreciate the free download.
Thanks for the garden layout graph! I need to rotate things this year- time to start planning!
You’re welcome, Kelly!
Thank you for the planner, it gives us a starting point in planning for the growing season.
Best way to plan out the garden for next Spring!
Wow!! I learn so much here. The Garden Layout Planner looks like a great idea. Thank you.
Thank you! This will be a great help this year!
TY for the contest
Love that this is graph paper to plan out my garden beds.
Okay, I definitely needed this! Trying to be more organized with the garden this year
The Planner will help with Location of Plants you can’t identify by look. I use in Ground label post but sometimes Step on them or be covered in Clay.
These will help a lot in my raised garden beds. Thanks for the help
My biggest problem is lack of organization. This printable planner will definitely help with that. Thank you!
Planting my first-ever spring garden at almost 60 years of age. I realize that the placement and spacing of seed are extremely important to a successful garden. This graph will be very helpful! Thank you!
Thank you again
This is an excellent resource for planning out my garden!
This is another worksheet that is going to help me with my new garden this year!! Thanks again!!
You’re very welcome, Rebecca! Happy Gardening!
Thank you! This will be so helpful in laying out this year’s garden.
You’re welcome, Michele!
Thank you so much, this well help my thirteen year old daughter and I as we plan out what we want to do with our planting this year!
A layout is essential to plan the growing season. Thank you for providing this sheet.
I’m happy to share, Dee! Thanks so much for visiting!
This is wonderful! Thank you for the free printable
I love a good graph!
I’m so excited to use this!
Thank you for the printable! I have to do nearly all of my gardening on our deck, so this will definitely help with the sun mapping and planning.
I tend to be fairly impulsive with my garden. Maybe I’ll try this in the future.
Planning is such an important step!
This garden layout page will make it so much easier to plan square foot gardening. Back when I was growing up we had the availability to grow HUGE, LOOONG rows with so many of the basic necessity foods that we used for canning or freezing. Much of our property is swamp so we don’t have the space for long row gardening, so this is perfect to help keep track of what, where and when and how much!! Thank you so very much Lisa!!
You’re very welcome, Cassandra! I’m glad that this is helpful. 🙂