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 seed I plan to start and divide them by the ones I will start indoors and what I will wait to direct sow outdoors.
Then I look up the average last spring frost date for my growing area. I like to record my own observations each year of the last spring frost date within My Plants Map Vegetable Garden collections. You can also find frost date information from your state cooperative extension website. You can also ask other local gardeners or garden centers if you are new to an area for the best local knowledge. From my best estimate, I now plan how far in advance I will start seed indoors or outdoors.
Next l sort my seed packets by the date to start indoors or outdoors according to my estimated last frost date. I then create My Plants Map Vegetable Garden Collection and list by date when to start my seeds. I like to create a new Vegetable Garden Collection each year.
I then add to this list by date any other planting reminders of edibles I want to grow such as starting seed potatoes, asparagus plants, or other plants I intend to purchase. After I save this new collection I can now add plant profiles.
Adding Plants to your Vegetable Garden Collection
- If I have previously added a plant to My Plants Map library, I can simply find the plant and add it to my new vegetable garden collection. At the top of your plant page you will see an action to Add/Remove to Collection.
- Tip: A singular plant can be added to more than one collection.
- If I am adding new plants, I save information from the seed packet as well as my personal notes and reminders. I also like to save a reference link for additional growing information from either the seed company or other sources.
- Tip: My preference is to add reference links to fact sheets from my state cooperative extension since they tend to have more specific information for my climate, soil and other conditions.
I now have all this information saved and available to me on my computer, smartphone or tablet. I can have access to it while shopping, while working in my garden, or to share with others. Here is an example of one of my favorites: Tomato Sungold.
During the growing season I can add photos, save notes (private or public), and continue to add useful information or reference links. I sometimes even add links to favorite recipes.
The growing information I save will be invaluable to me again next year when I go to plan my next vegetable garden. After all, as Andy Tomolinis wrote, “a gardeners best tool is the knowledge from previosu seasons.”
All you need is a notebook, and with Plants Map you now have a digital notebook with plant profiles that grow with information each year.
I look forward to learning what you are growing in your vegetable or edible garden collection on Plants Map.
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