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Tuesday, January 22, 2019


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Barbara H.

These are some great ideas. I like the plant tag one one but I'm afraid once they went in that would be it. Maybe a different folder for each bed with a label on the front. Oh well, I can dream - maybe someday I'll have all the information organized.

Linda Brazill

I think she had info on the front about which bed the folder was for. Some people put their plant tags in baggies based on which garden bed it was in or on type of plant like trees, perennials etc.


I'd never thought of using Pinterest for various beds. What a great idea. I suppose that various boxes, plant pots, and vases stuffed with plant tags and scattered around the house and greenhouse don't really count as an organizational tool. Your skill at documenting your garden is impressive!

Linda Brazill

You'll be glad to know I showed a photo of my plant pots stuffed with plant tags. Surprising how many folks kept their tags and not just temporarily.

Lisa at Greenbow

I keep my plant tags too. I staple them into the back of the Year Journal I am working on. Then I type into a word file the tags where things are planted etc. I keep it fairly well updated. We have one of those old card files. It is stuffed with all of Gary's slides. I would consider doing a card for each plant if there was room for me to have a drawer or two. No such luck unless we can come up with another card catalog section.
Your day sounds like it was fun and informative.

Linda Brazill

Our slides are beautifully cross-referenced in archival slide boxes. The hours I spent doing that and now I go digital if I do a presentation. I keep thinking I will go through the slides and get digital files made of our favorites.


That's one of the main uses of Pinterest for me, and was a real breakthrough when beginning to refresh different sections of the garden after a decade of neglect.

The board for each section contains not only the plants currently growing there, but also candidates for adding to it. Oh, and also Those No Longer With Us...


Does anyone use spreadsheets? Early exposure to ss and databases via election campaigns and organizing doomed me to be the "computer person" in a succession of non-profits and garden clubs. (Thankfully, that's mostly a bygone era.) But one advantage of spreadsheets is that a lot of information over many seasons can be stored in a single file, and easily retrieved. That includes the vendor or source, and names & other info on the plant tags -- which allows them to be tossed.

My main recording method is still a paper-and-pen garden journal, a composition book (binders, even the narrowest ones, have the major drawback that pages are removable, hence lose-able).

Linda Brazill

Most of us were not using Pinterest for more than ideas so that was a real breakthrough idea. Also I have a board dedicated to my garden which some people had not thought of either.

Linda Brazill

Only a couple of people used spread sheets and they also used assorted paper note-keeping methods as well. I admitted that the blog functions as a spreadsheet for me in general. I think for those of us addicted to paper, making a serious switch to the computer is slow.

Kris P

It sounds like a productive session. I try to keep a record of everything I plant in an Excel spreadsheet organized by broad areas, all of which I've named in terms meaningful to myself if not others. I keep tags only until the plants are included in my electronic file. As my updates tend to be delayed, planting dates are often estimated but close enough to be useful for general reference. However, my biggest failure is file maintenance (e.g. to show fatalities and any possible explanations for these).

Linda Brazill

Most of us felt our biggest issue was keeping track of plants we’d moved.

Marty Petillo

Linda, thanks for sharing all the different ways that you remember your garden through writing, drawing, and collecting. I plan to try to merge my garden documentation with my art documentation--they are so related, I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Really nice to hear what others document and why. Truly, a work in progress.

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