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Offline michaelnz

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How do you track you plants in a food forest
« on: June 11, 2016, 12:21:46 AM »
If I am planting lots of plants how do I track where they are and when to harvest?

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Re: How do you track you plants in a food forest
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2016, 12:31:13 PM »
Can be as fancy as Google Sketchup and maybe integrated to Google Calendar,

Or as old school as a graph paper book(Account Book/appointment book)

Depends on scale, familiarity/willingness to learn and personal scheduling discipline.

I haven't done anything with a food forest, but we just used graph paper binder with our garden!

I am sure someone else may have more specific experience!

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Re: How do you track you plants in a food forest
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2016, 03:02:17 PM »
I mark all of my plants on a hand drawn map and they pretty much stay where I put them and harvest when ripe. :P

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Re: How do you track you plants in a food forest
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2016, 03:20:21 PM »
Thanks.

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Re: How do you track you plants in a food forest
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2016, 09:28:35 PM »
Create a Dropbox account for your garden.

Snap a photo on your smartphone of the plant, and upload it to dropbox. In the metadata it will contain the GPS coordinates (within a foot) of the phone's location when the plant was photographed. You can even use the voice-assistant on the phone to tag your photos. Just name the image what the plant is. Do this when you plant and the file date is the planting date, or name the file using your own system to denote what's going on.

Gooseberries - Pixwell - Initial Planting
Gooseberries - Pixwell - Flowering
Gooseberries - Pixwell - Fruit Ripened
Gooseberries - Pixwell - Pruning

All images will include the following metadata:
GPS coordinates
Image taken date
Image taken time

4-6 Photos throughout the year will be all the notes you really need, and it only takes a second when you're weeding a bed or watering, harvesting etc. Now you have a log of various stages of plant growth, you know when it flowers, when it sets fruit, when it goes dormant, how much it's grown each year, exactly where on the planet it is (within a foot) which can be put on a map. Just log into dropbox and search for "Gooseberries" and you'll have a lot of info on them.

You can use the coordinates to show them on Google Maps via the APIs.

Go to "My Maps"
https://www.google.com/maps/d

Here you can put in map marker, attach notes, photos and videos, plot routes, and do general map mark-up.

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Re: How do you track you plants in a food forest
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 08:43:58 PM »
Wow, Technology is really amazing.*

*When it works.

I really like that data integrated approach to the planning process. Databases can store lots of information that would otherwise just be forgotten, but if you can keep something like this going, you have the ability to almost go back in time and look at how things were in the past.