Hello downunder Folians
I assume because I can post here I have joined? I didn’t see anything that specifically said “join here” as per the help topic. I shall await the outcome of this before rambling further…
Thanks for quick reply Graibeard!
I’m another Sandgroper trying to organise my garden (or should I say, transform my sandpit to something a tad more productive! Although I am seeing lots of worms now; who’d have thought a worm could cause so much excitement!) Mainly want to be able to log garden activities as I seem to have difficulties in the memory dept!! Am slowly navigating my way about folia, so look forward to reading and learning more from everyone. Oh, and I should probably post this on a general, worldwide group, but any suggestions for how to group my gardens on here? Will have a look to see what others are doing, but not sure whether to have by type or location, etc.
Well, off to plant today’s purchases (I stayed under $100! Woot! Hello, I’m ChilliTamarillo and I’m a plantaholic!)
We accept all types, heck they even allow we Victorians in!
There’s no hard and fast rule as to how to organise your gardens. In fact Folia is now moving away from the garden concept and towards collections as you’ll notice by your Basil entry.
Have a look around and don’t be afraid to start, you can always merge a garden (collection) into another or archive it and start again. I think we’ve all thought of how we could have done it differently.
So think of them as a collection and it may help give you some more scope. There’s a few of us with our chooks gathered together, the bugs we find, or all of one sort/type of plant – for me that’s the pepper pot garden. There’s no wrong way, do it to suit the way you think and it will be the right way, and if you change your mind later then you can merge the garden, or move the plants.
It takes a while to get used to the layout and feel of it and like anything you’ll probably only use a small % of it to start with.
As for memory; Folia does help as the weekly email is a great feature that reminds you of what you did a year ago – so stick around for a year and you’ll see it in action. :-) Seriously, it’s all good and it all helps – make the most of it and don’t forget to actually garden!
Good luck and Happy planting.
HEY!!! Victoria was the Garden State Mate!!! Well before the drought anyway!!!
Hi ChilliTamarillo – (and greetings from the other side of the pond)
The “Join this group” link can be found on the right hand side of the page, below the advert and group summary, above the “Other recent topics”. What it does, effectively, is adds a particular group as one of your favourites, so that the posts from it show up on your “Latest Activity” box and within http://myfolia.com/activities. You are able to post to a group without being a member, as I am doing now, but you won’t see the replies unless you go back and look.
As to organising your gardens, like graibeard said, do whatever suits you. For edibles, it suits me to group by year as well as by location, i.e. I currently have a 2010 allotment garden for this season’s stuff, any overwintering plantings go into the 2011 allotment garden, and I’ll move any perennials over manually. Probably not necessary if you have a small garden and maintain Folia properly, just an example of how it works for me.
Hope that helps…
You can post to an existing discussion without joining, but you can’t start a new discussion. The intention was that each new gardener started their own thread so that they didn’t get buried in an old one, and risk being missed.
The addition of the year to the garden name is a good one. I was using tags to try and cover that in journals but it got decidedly messy. Naming it according to the year is much simpler.
I stand corrected; that makes sense. Re the naming by year, it works for me, but two possible concerns spring to mind before I recommend it too widely:
I do not know whether it will play nice with the weekly e-mails of what you were doing last year; doing as I do and archiving the old garden, I’d be surprised if it will. This is not a problem for me, but if you like that feature, then starting a new garden each year might well break it.
I also wonder if naming by calendar year would actually work as well in the Southern Hemisphere as it does up here, if new year occurs in the middle of your main cropping season. I’m sure it’s easy enough to work around by defining your year as starting in winter, but, I can also foresee it confusing your international readership unless made very clear.