It doesn’t have to be complicated to keep track of when you start seeds and when you should transplant them into your garden! This free seed starter tracker printable will help you easily stay on top of everything you are growing and help you plan for harvest dates.
This free garden printable has so many benefits. There are so many advantages to keeping track of the indoor seeds you start.
Here’s why you definitely need to start keeping track of your seed starting dates:
- Estimate Planting Dates to Ensure You Don’t Plant Too Early or Too Late
- Ensure Your Garden Beds are Ready in Time for Planting
- Estimate Harvest Dates & Plan for Food Preservation
- Stick to a schedule in your garden
- Keep track of notes, such as seed starting methods or seed source/brand
There are so many great reasons to keep track of your seed starting activities! Even if you do not have or use a printer, you definitely may want to use this free printable as inspiration to create your own seed tracking page in a notebook.
How to Use This Free Printable Seed Tracker
Using this free printable is very easy. Simply download it using the link at the bottom of this article and print it out! Then you simply need to fill out each column for each plant you are planting. This makes it super easy to keep track of your seedlings and even have an estimate of the harvest schedule. This makes garden planning a breeze!
Here’s a screenshot of the seedling planner page:
The page measures 8 x 11.5 and has plenty of margin room on top for punching with a hole punch to put inside a binder. You could also trim it down and place inside a composition notebook.
There are a total of 7 columns.
Here’s How to Fill Out Each Column:
In Column One: Start by writing down any plants you will be starting from seed in the first column.
In the Second column: write down the date that you first plant the seeds indoors.
Column Three: The third column is for you to write the number of days it will take for the plant to germinate.This is an estimate of how long will it take before the plant is ready to be transplanted outdoors. Most seed packets will have this information printed on the back.
The fourth column is so you can keep track of the date you transplant the plant outdoors. This is the planting date. We will use this date to calculate the estimated harvest date.
In the fifth column, write down the estimated number of days to harvest. For example, most tomatoes take about 80 days from planting. So, in the fifth column, I would write the number 80.
In the sixth box, calculate the Estimated Harvest Date by adding the number of days from the fifth column to the planting date in the fourth column. For example, if we planted our tomato seedlings on June 1st, we would want to count out 80 days from that date. My estimated harvest date would be August 19th.
The last column is for notes. This is where you can keep track of any notes related to the seeds. For example, you may wish to list the source or brand name for the seeds. You may also want to list any growing notes about methods you used for starting the seeds.
Helpful Tips for Using The Worksheet:
If you are planning your garden and are not sure when to start the seeds, you can work backwards from the date you want to plant them outdoors.
For example, if you plant something that takes 21 days to germinate and you know you want to have it in the ground by June 1st, you would want to start the seeds no later than May 8th or 9th.
Of course, we need to also remember harvest dates are generally only estimates – you never know what nature may do!
The good thing is having a harvest date in mind helps you be as prepared as possible. If I know most of my plants will be ready to harvest mid-August I will definitely want to make sure I have everything I need by then to start canning and preserving my own food.
This seed starter tracker is intentionally left blank so that you can customize it specifically for your needs. This way, you can make sure you have the right dates for your garden zone and the specific plants you are planting.
If you are starting seeds indoors, you want to make sure that you start them with enough time so that they will be ready to germinate after the risk of frost is over.
Download Your Free Seed Starter Printable
This printable is in PDF format and should be easy to open on most computers. If you cannot open the PDF, you can always download a free PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat or other alternative.
I hope you find this free printable seed starter worksheet helpful! It definitely has helped make my life a lot easier in keeping track of all of our seedlings and estimate when all of our hard work may finally come to fruition.
Do you have any questions about how to use the free printable? Any tips for keeping track for starting seeds and calculating harvest dates? Share your tips & ask any questions you may have about this free printable in the comments section below!