The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

To get familiar with your soil you basically need to understand these things: soil structure, soil Ph (acid/alkaline scale) fertility (the naturally occurring nutrients and minerals), and soil drainage.

The Plants Map Community By The Numbers

Survey participants share plant interests Do you keep a list of your plants? How much time do you spend gardening every week? How much does your gardening habit cost you each year? As we were launching Plants Map in February, we ran a survey to find out the answers to questions like those. We would […]

From Seed to Seedling – Thank you!

As many of you may know the seed we planted in January 2014 has emerged into a seedling with the nurturing help of many. It has been a month now since Bill and I took the first step to formalize an idea that we had conceptualized for some time: the name will be Plants Map. With […]

How to Grow a Garden from Seed

Choosing plant safe ice melt products

[Reviewed and updated December 2020] 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 […]

Best Websites to Help Create a Bird Friendly Garden

A few years ago I heard about the Great Backyard Bird Count and I have been participating ever since. When I select plants for my garden I prefer to include those that are known to provide food or shelter for birds. Below are some of the best websites I have found to help create a bird friendly garden and habitat.

Plants Map Launches Gardens And Collections

Plants Map is two weeks old today. We’ll probably always remember we opened the doors so you could start adding plants on Super Bowl Sunday! We have a lot to tell you about and we also have an enormous list of people to thank. Let’s do the “Thank You” part first. Twitter followers of @plantsmap – You […]

Best Practices Used To Launch Plants Map at Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Winner: Plants Map Plants Map, a startup where gardeners explore, organize and share plant collections was launched last week during Startup Weekend Fredericksburg. After a week of reflecting back on winning the 54 hour competition where people pitch ideas for a new business and then recruit a volunteer team to help launch a startup, I’m realizing […]

What is Plants Map?

[The following post was originally an email sent to family and friends on January 15, 2014]  We’re Planting A Seed To Connect People With Plants Discover Plants and Gardens, Be a Plant Explorer; Be a Plant Collector Social Gardening: Bringing people and plants together Interactive, custom plant tags that use smartphone technology to connect people with […]