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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Plant Database

08 May 2010 22:31:43

I was getting very annoyed with not having my plant database any more. It disappeared in the last computer crash and our back-up was too old to be of any use. Every now and again I would rediscover the name of a plant I had and would say to myself 'I must remember that' but there was nowhere to note it and, unfortunately, my memory isn't that good.

And then I found my bag of plant labels (where I have kept the labels of any plant I bought). I thought I had thrown that out when I made the database.

So I decided to just bite the bullet and spent most of the day re-inputting all my plant names to an excel database. Although incomplete, it is a start and I can add to it as I go along.

Other than that I didn't do much. I planted a Rheum I bought some time ago and moved saome bulbs and a plant that hasn't been doing well. I made some Helenium divisions for Krista too. Really looking forward to the Rare Plant Fair tomorrow.


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Gismo1981 Gismo1981 08 May 2010 22:34:17

I have most of my labels in pots out in the shed because I have a head like a sieve with names at times. We'll be able to compare how our Rheums are doing :O)


Krista Krista 08 May 2010 22:43:35

You are a star Rachel!


Periwinkle Periwinkle 08 May 2010 22:45:37

Great idea Rachel. I try to keep a list of mine too.AND keep the labels for backup!!


Jacinta Jacinta 08 May 2010 22:49:49

For those of you who are NOT technologically minded, a box of labels works best. In my case, anyway. :)


Cloncaw Cloncaw 08 May 2010 22:54:35

Good idea something for a rainy day I think, have all the labels but reckon it's too good weatherwise to be indoors.


greenway greenway 08 May 2010 23:01:17

i wish i could be that organised i planted out cabbage, bsprouts, cauliflower and broccoli  2  day the labels got mixed up it will be a month or so b4 i kn what i planted 


HeadGardener HeadGardener 08 May 2010 23:01:32

Rachel at the end of doing the each big update on the database email it to yourself or Normans account and so ensuring you have an up to date copy on your email account :-) Or if your like me I back up onto memory stick or CD weekly but that came from a previous life in computer industry :-) By the way going tomorrow bar any news during the night so I'll see you there (think I have your mobile no already anyway)


fran m fran m 08 May 2010 23:01:49

I started a database, let it slip, will take it up again.

Will keep lables aswell..............


Lìga Lìga 08 May 2010 23:07:49

Yea,labels is very good think...But i would love too database in computer...Have to ask to my oldest,to teach mammy work with computer:))


fraoch fraoch 08 May 2010 23:11:05

I keep labels but lots of bargain buys don't have them , not to mention things grown from seed, though I do keep the packets for a while. and then you have to remember what you put where....Glad you found your labels Rachel by the way.


Mairin Mairin 08 May 2010 23:16:50

I started a database years ago too i.e. several computers back.  I'm sure I have it somewhere but now just stick to keeping the labels.  Easier. 


Rachel Rachel 09 May 2010 00:42:43

A database is really a job for a rainy day. I am glad I have it done now. I got sick of having the same conversations with people about plants (and I'm sure they were sick of giving me the same answers again).

The database has its advantages. I now know that I have 8 Cherry Blossom trees (somewhat excessive), the tastiest apples in my garden are from the variety 'Discovery' and only one of my Sambucus is 'Black Lace'.

We have an external hard drive for back up, Bill, but only do it seldom. It is a good idea to save the database in email. When you sent me an email with your database earlier this year I had been going to email mine back but never did. I was kicking myself when the computer crashed that I hadn't sent you it so that I could retrieve it in 'sent'.

 


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