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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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PAgirl63
Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Hi Larry,
I've got a suggestion. Do you take close-up or wide angle photo shots of the rows you mark with tags? I have a "photo journal/blog" that I keep on that "other gardening site" with information like that. I actually call it "What's planted where". That helps me some.

I also painted some flat stones and made plant markers out of them. It's more "generalized" and not for very large areas. More for perennials. But for certain, nothing can run off with them or break them. If you look closely at the photo you can see a few.

Jane

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jan 17, 2015 9:10 AM CST
Jane, I went over to Dave's looked at your blog entries but could not find "What's Planted Where" can you send me a link to it?
I did notice over there a lot of info on photography, that's great. I take mostly close ups, I find it very hard to get a wide view of even a 10 foot section and still retain any detail with my camera, which is by the way on the fritz. I have figured out that if I don't use the zoom, it will take pictures. If I use the zoom I may not get a picture at all, or it may end up all green,all red, or all blue. Strange!
I know the problem with the squirrels is my fault...but the labels are quick and simple to make. I use discarded venetian blinds, and number two pencil. They last pretty well, but are too easily dug up by the critters. I have been thinking of better ways to secure the tags. maybe a small shallow mold poured with concrete and the blind slat embedded in it? Then bury the concrete part under ground. Any thoughts? I also thought about just making a slit and sliding another slat though the slit and burying that, I may try that idea today. Thanks for the nudge! Sometimes just talking about an idea is enough motivation to get it done.
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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PAgirl63
Jan 17, 2015 3:42 PM CST
Larry,

I like your "label" idea. As long as it can't crack, I can't see how a squirrel would be able to pull it out of the ground.

Geez, am I embarassed. Sticking tongue out
I didn't remember I had deleted the blog " What's planted where" on DGarden. I remember now I deleted it because so much was moved around during the past 2 years, the info really no longer was accurate. Anyway, I'm glad you were interested in the photography tips. You're right, it isn't easy to get a decent photo of a 10 foot area. If I was crazy enough though, I might just lie down in front of the bed and try taking photos from that position looking straight on. Problem is, I would have a very hard time getting UP from that position. Green Grin!
Jane
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jan 17, 2015 5:21 PM CST
Well, I am crazy enough to do that, but my camera is so limited by not having interchangeable lenses it is still almost impossible to capture the image I would love to get. Sometimes I can get pretty close to a decent shot, but very seldom. Now that I have said that, I will probably be out tomorrow... well maybe not, nothing out there now to try it with. Later in the spring I will make a conscious effort to get a decent detailed 10 foot wide shot. I am going to look at some of my past photos and see if I have one that looks decent.

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