Great Garden Planning Tip
Mom's Easy Garden Planning Tip:
Keep Track of New Plant Names with Garden Photos!
Have you ever bought a new plant and said to yourself, surely I can remember the name of that plant, but then the name just evaporates from your memory? It certainly has happened to me.
I’ve tried writing names and info in garden planning notebooks, but that’s just not the same as having a picture to look at.
Well, I finally found a solution. I put my phone to work taking photos of my plant purchases. (A digital camera would work well, too.)
It’s easy and quick. Every time you purchase a new plant for your garden, take a picture of it. It’s really helpful to be able to later look at the picture of the plant, see the flowers, foliage and label.
A few simple suggestions for taking pictures for garden planning:
1. Turn the pot or move the plant label to the front, where it is clearly visible.
2. When you take your photo make sure you include the foliage, any flowers and the label.
3. Make sure that your own shadow isn’t visible in the picture.
Next: Save the picture on your computer.
1. On your computer create a folder for storage of your garden photos.
2. Name the folder using the year and whatever name you choose (Example: 2012_FlowerGarden). Then, next year, create a new folder with the new year's date included in the name.
3. Download the photos to your computer and save them to the folder you created. Save the photo so that the name includes:
- the year and month you purchased the plant and
- the common name of the plant
- the color
Then at a glance you will know the year you acquired the plant, the type of plant and the color. Next winter when you are planning the garden, wondering what kind of rose you purchased that bloomed so well, just check your folder of digital garden photos. (If you've named the files clearly, you won’t have to open a zillion photos to find the one you want.)
Note: There are many ways to organize your photos, choose what makes sense to you.
From then on, take photos of all new plants you buy. Before long you’ll have a nice record of what’s in your garden. It will help you with planning your next year’s purchases and laying out your garden.
Other tips using pictures to help garden planning:
Take photos of seed packets... What's quicker and easier to keep track of? A photo of a seed packet? Or writing everything down?
If you're out perusing local nurseries, but want to do more research on the plants. Snap a photo, include the label if there is one, and you’ll have a record you can refer to at a later date. You look for more information later and decide if it is a plant that you would love to have (and if it’s suitable for your garden).
Take a picture of your annual beds, your herb garden, or your vegetable gardens. This is much easier and faster than drawing a map for historical purposes. Next winter, when you're planning the new garden, pull up the pictures to remember where you planted what. (Remember to rotate your crops, for best garden success.)
Take pictures of other garden ideas that you love, but will forget about when you get home! (Example: friends' gardens, public gardens, botanical gardens)
Note: the advice and information contained herein is based upon our experience and study. As with any advice, please apply at your own discretion.