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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2013 1:39 PM CST
We have a new member from the great state of Idaho and she noticed there was no microbadge for her state so I sent Dave a tree-mail with the request for an Idaho badge. Needless to say, Dave was quick on the keyboard and we now have an Idaho badge available ... now I'll have to put on my thinking cap for additional badge requests. Green Grin!

Thanks so much Dave!
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jan 11, 2013 1:52 PM CST
Thank YOU for asking for the new member Lin Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 11, 2013 1:57 PM CST

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I agree
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 11, 2013 3:03 PM CST
Hee hee, can we have a badge for just the EASTERN portion of Washington State? Green Grin!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 11, 2013 3:13 PM CST
The Eastern half is very different from the Western half, that's for sure.
Western, lush green valleys with moderate temperatures and lots of moisture.
Eastern, beautiful high desert.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 11, 2013 3:46 PM CST

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I'd have no trouble doing that but I can't think of how to represent the region with such a small icon.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2013 3:47 PM CST
There is a "Xeriscape" badge for arid gardening. There are badges for "Oregon" and for "Pacific North West", but no "WA" badge. The PNW badge is several evergreen trees, so it COULD be used to represent "The Evergreen State" ... but the high desert doesn't have many toweirng pines, I think.

It gives me an idea for some new feature like "How does your garden grow?" Something more expressive than the USDA Hardiness Zone.

It would have to include at least things like these:

low (or high, or frequent) rainfall
excessive summer heat heat is a limiting condition
winter low temp is a limiting condition: (USDA Hardiness)
can grow many crops or plants right through the winter
length of frost-free growing season (days above freezing)
length of tomatoe growing season (days above 50 degrees)
degree days
high winds cause problems
sandy soil
heavy clay soil
alkaline soil
acid soil

At first I thoguht that could be done as a series of badges, but I think it's better suited to a list of text phrases like entries in the Plant Database.

I start a speculation thread in the Site Talk forum.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 11, 2013 3:51 PM CST

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RickCorey said:At first I thoguht that could be done as a series of badges, but I think it's better suited to a list of text phrases like entries in the Plant Database.

I start a speculation thread in the Site Talk forum.


I'm liking your thinking here, Rick. I'll watch for that speculation thread.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2013 4:23 PM CST
Thanks! It's up, as "Propose feature: "How does your garden grow?"

"Check all that apply" would be easy to fill out.

Maybe some stats could be auto-populated from ZIP code, or volunteers could fill them out from manual look-up. But even so, a numeric field like "inches of rain" or "frost date" should be flanked by a free-text field, because the number seldom tells the whole story. It feels good to be able to be able to complain "but the rain never falls when you need it!" or "yeah, right, April 6 ... except when it snows in mid-May!!"
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 11, 2013 6:54 PM CST
An icicle on a pine tree would do very nicely for our little corner of NE WA. Big Grin (need blue, shivering emoticon here!)
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jan 11, 2013 7:04 PM CST
Where I live, I see more people in shorts in mid-winter than I do in mid-summer. It's too cool for shorts in EITHER season, but the chance to show off their cold-hardiness pulls them out of the woodwork in wintertime.

Apparantly, a few years ago, there was some unpopular change in the dress code where I work. Shorts were forbidden, so someone pointed out that it would be "sexual discrimination" to allow skirts for women but forbid kilts for men.

So we still have "Kilt Fridays" where several people celebrate their heritage and/or show off their knees. I often do a double-take, but have not yet gotten whiplash.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 11, 2013 7:45 PM CST
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 12, 2013 12:08 AM CST
Dave,

Did we ever get a badge for the members of PA, yet? Whistling We want them to feel included too! Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 12, 2013 7:40 AM CST
Marilyn said:Did we ever get a badge for the members of PA, yet? We want them to feel included too!

Eventually, maybe every state will be recognized with a microbadge. We are on the right track with so many new members coming on board the ATP train! And, it's great to see microbadges representing other parts of the world as well! Lovey dubby Group hug

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jan 12, 2013 10:54 AM CST

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Aroids badge? Been looking but no luck.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jan 12, 2013 11:12 AM CST
How about Utah?
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 12, 2013 7:17 PM CST

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I guess what I really need to do is sit down at some point and make microbadges for all 50 states. It takes me about maybe 5 minutes to make a simple badge so this shouldn't take all day long.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 12, 2013 8:46 PM CST
eclayne said:Aroids badge? Been looking but no luck.
Thumbs up I'd buy an Aroid badge too ... a Philodendron or Alocasia leaf would make a great Aroid badge!

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 12, 2013 8:51 PM CST
dave said:I guess what I really need to do is sit down at some point and make microbadges for all 50 states. It takes me about maybe 5 minutes to make a simple badge so this shouldn't take all day long.
Dave: You are so good to us and we sure appreciate your efforts and your work in making this the best site on the web! Thumbs up

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jan 12, 2013 10:54 PM CST
Paul2032 said:How about Utah?


Didn't realize that Utah didn't have a badge yet, Paul or I would've have included it in my post. *Blush*

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