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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


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I find that a card catalog works best for me. I record the name, the nursery (or whatever), the year and where I put it. If it has an esoteric name likely to be forgotten, it will also be filed under its common name. Pictures go in when available. I leave cards for failed plants in the file, to avoid making the same mistake twice. I keep tags in pots too, but more for the satisfaction of seeing how many plants really are out there...too much trouble to sort through them in search of anything in particular.


I took the plunge and finally tossed all my tags. But I do keep all the cards on file even if things have died.

Nan Ondra

When I was preparing to move from my previous garden, I came across dozens of pots filled with plant tags. When I realized that each one represented a plant I had killed over the years, I was mortified and tossed them immediately. However, I like the idea that both you and Ricki keep cards for the plants that haven't worked for you, as a reminder to not waste money on them again.


Looking back at the old tags is also a way to gauge your changing taste. Some plants die and you breathe a sigh of relief wondering why you ever bought it in the first place!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter

The terra cotta pots are a cute idea. I have my tags stuffed in a box, but I also write down in my garden journal the name & the source of each plant when I plant it.


Those are a pair of my favorite pots, so it gave me a way to enjoy them in the house without all the dirt! But I'm pretty much back to trying to copy the info on my cards and then ditching the tags. I'm trying to downsize!

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