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How do you track what you have planted where, and what you want to plant where, and what you planted there last season?

As a kid I just did popsicle sticks with the name written on, but nowadays I have ambitions for crop rotation and record-keeping, and little sticks just aren't cutting it. We have a map, and a Google spreadsheet with when we planted stuff and how long it took to germinate*, but neither is an easy way to know if I should plant lettuce in this particular spot, or if kale would be a better choice this year.

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*I didn't make it -- a friend of mine gave me a copy of hers, and I just put stuff in boxes.

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Date: 2017-04-27 04:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
I admit, mine is easy because I have my garden in my apartment so they're all in containers. I have little tags I made from materials from Michaels that are on the plant stands to designate what is what.

Ooo, your method is fancy! I like how organized it is.

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Date: 2017-04-28 05:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
I admit, I mostly have the tags for the prettiness. I pretty much know what's being grown just by looking at it.

Hot dang, that's a super spreadsheet! The best I can do when making a spreadsheet is...uh, not much. XD Your friend is a good friend. How big is your garden?

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Date: 2017-04-27 09:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zesty_pinto
Maybe you could try using stakes and stringing off the sections, add a label along the way as well? I've seen it done, although it was usually to cordone off areas where the crop wasn't ripe enough yet...

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Date: 2017-04-28 12:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tielan
I am contemplating a full-blown whiteboard/pinboard for it. Because my garden is small but intense, and while I keep a diary, it's a bit of a mess. (A bit.)

And yes, I'd kind of like an app that could at least tell me what I've grown and who I bought the seeds from, and how they grew in my area and where in the garden I planted them...but I think that my ambitions highly outstrip the capabilities of any app that could be created (unless i made it specifically for myself).

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Date: 2017-04-28 06:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
A whiteboard/pinboard would be pretty and visual cues would be helpful, I think.

I'd love that sort of app! I bet a lot of gardeners would too.

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Date: 2017-04-30 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vorindi
There is an app for iOS/MacOS, at least, called Garden Tracker . . . unfortunately it's not been updated* for recent versions of the operating system and presumably correspondingly lacks support. I got a warning when I downloaded it that it could slow down my phone, but I haven't noticed any problems**.

It lets you plot out your garden as a grid of squares, record what you've planted in each one, access that history, record watering/fertilizing/harvest dates, record free-form notes per square, probably a lot of other stuff that I haven't explored. My main complaints are that the garden size I have is just barely too big to fit on my screen without scrolling, some of the icons are not super intuitive, and the list of plants available by default is somewhat limited and I haven't gone through and added all the ones we're growing that aren't available. I guess also that actually keeping track of all the things is more bookkeeping than I can conveniently fit into "while I'm planting seeds" or whatever, but that's more my problem than the app's.


*I just looked on the app store to confirm the name; the desktop version has been updated as of this week. Mobile was updated last December. Please ignore all crossed-out text

**note that I don't use my phone for anything particularly intense, so if there are issues I might just not have noticed.
Edited Date: 2017-04-30 07:19 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-04-28 11:15 am (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
Growstuff does the tracking side, but won't show particular locations in that level of detail yet. It's useful to share the data of how long things take to grow, though, to help other small farmers and hobbyists worldwide.

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