Plant Database forum: Requesting Two Database Record Additions

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Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Feb 5, 2015 2:07 PM CST
To qualify this request, I am working on the tomato database . . . The first request is applicable to anything. The second one below is pretty much specific to tomatoes.

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It would be helpful when uploading and categorizing a photo, if there was an option in the gallery record for "documentation." On some of these older varieties that have a lot of lore and myth surrounding them, or if cases where the seed in circulation is "messed up," historical documentation like catalog images and descriptions help to set the record straight. Here is an example.



For lack of a better category, I placed it under fruit, but it may be more useful to have a "documentation" category.

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Under the classification of plant type, indeterminate, determinate and semi-determinate are the current options. There is an additional plant type that would be nice to add. In the old days seedmen called this classification of tomatoes, "tree-type." The modern convention used is "dwarf." Can this be added - Dwarf ("Tree-type")

Mike
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 6, 2015 12:18 PM CST

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Hi Mike, I've done both of these. Added "Documentation" as a gallery to the images area, and I added Dwarf (Leaf Type) to the Growth Mode area of the tomatoes database.
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Feb 6, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Excellent . . . More data points, more useful database Smiling Thank you Dave.
Founder and the man of many hats at the Victory Seed Company

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 6, 2015 1:01 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Thank You! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Feb 10, 2015 6:22 PM CST

Plants Admin

We have a number of plant illustrations, some historical, and (quasi?) herbarium specimens in our database. These might want to be placed in the "Documentation" gallery as well.
Evan
Name: Mike Dunton
Liberal, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Plant Database Moderator Tomato Heads Farmer Seller of Garden Stuff Organic Gardener Composter
Vegetable Grower Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Oregon Seed Starter Herbs Garden Photography
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MikeD
Feb 11, 2015 2:58 AM CST
Hello @eclayne,

That is exactly the kind of information I think would be helpful in the documentation gallery. Basically, documentation that people can compare what they have, against what it is supposed to look like. Or to help identify an unknown.

They only caveat is that the images need to be in the public domain or permission obtained from the copyright owner. Many botanical prints are 18th and 19th century and in the public domain. There are tons of candidates in the place like Wikicommons.

Mike
Founder and the man of many hats at the Victory Seed Company

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