Social Media and Plants Map Photo Sizes

Thie post was originally published March 2015. Updated as of August 2017.  If you are like us, you love to share photos of your plants. To help you with adding your photos to Plants Map and to other social sharing sites we wanted to share the following tips and tools to help size your photos. Photo uploads need to […]

Help with plant identification

Sometimes we get asked to help with plant identification. While we try to help as much as we can, it is actually difficult and unlikely to positively identify a plant from a single photograph alone or an over the phone description.  Often detailed pieces of information need to be obtained for proper identification. For instance, can […]

How To Digitally Plan & Organize Your Vegetable Garden

Have you ever wanted to save all the information about your vegetable garden in one place and take with you wherever you go? I wanted to share with you how I use Plantsmap.com to save a binder’s worth of growing information about my vegetable garden on my smartphone, tablet or computer. I start with gathering together all the […]

What does it mean that Plants Map Tags connect to social gardens & plants?

Plants Map connects people with plants by providing a social network of profiles with their hosted plant collections and information about specific plants that can be shared with others. We host your plant pages under your profile so that you can also share them to other social websites and create an engaged audience on Plants Map. […]

All QR Code Readers Are Not Created Equally

Updated on January 8, 2018 We’ve manufactured thousands of interactive plant tags and signs that use quick response codes known as “QR Codes” that link to pages on PlantsMap.com. We check every QR code before we ship our tags and signs but occasionally get comments from users that their QR code readers don’t work. While many […]

Resources to Protect Plants and Gardens from Winter Damage

First the age old question: Should I remove snow from my plants? Most of the time it is not necessary.  Sometimes, not advisable. If temps are below 20ºF you will break branches easily. If you just can’t take it, use a broom and gently knock off snow while it is fresh.  But this may cause […]

How to Scan QR Codes on Plant Tags and Signs

Updated January 18, 2018 While many phones now come with a built-in QR code reader, you may still want to download a QR code reader app for your smartphone or tablet to scan the tags. In this journal we cover several options for scanning QR codes. Know that the age of your device has something […]

The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.”- Virgil Your soil is an underlying important aspect to growing healthy and happy plants and gardens. Soil is basically composed of organic matter, various minerals, nutrients, living organisms, liquids, and gases.  Soil is the top layer result of a deeper parent material that has developed over time […]

How to Grow a Garden from Seed

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake Thinking about starting some plants from seed? It’s that time of year again. Everywhere you go there are seed starting supplies from independent garden centers to your grocery store. Someone said the other night in a chat that growing seeds made them feel […]

Choosing plant safe ice melt products

[Reviewed and updated January 2018] You may not think much about choosing ice melt products. Many homeowners and gardeners are unaware of the potential harm some products can cause to plants and the environment as well. While safety is the main concern for using these products, especially on roadways, most folks are unaware of the […]