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Keeping Track of Your Garden Beds and Plants Using a Camera

By beckygardener
September 16, 2016

Many gardeners need a way to easily keep track of their garden beds as well as their plants (especially if they are hybridizing). With camera in hand, I came up with two ideas that have worked for me.

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 16, 2016 7:43 AM CST
I always forget what is where over the winter,
so I am taking pictures of each garden bed or area.
While I do keep a journal----I imagine the beds and areas to be
different sizes or more crowded.
Pictures keep it all in perspective for me.
And it helps with planning new plants for next season.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Sep 16, 2016 11:59 AM CST
Becky, you are so on top of this!! Congratulations and kudos for all your hard work with your seedling beds Thumbs up They certainly look good and I love the picture ideas!! I always grab my camera when I go out to the garden.

The design of your raised beds always makes me smile. Love that you can easily get to each daylily in the bed with that "U" shaped design.

The clipboard idea is awesome. I love taking pictures and always take a picture of the garden label first, then a picture of the bloom so I can keep track of which daylily is which. You took it a step further with the stats on the clipboard. What a great idea!
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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Sep 16, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Great tips, Becky. I started using my camera to record my plants last year after struggling to ID DLs that had
lost their tags for one reason or another. Frustrating, to say the least! But I photo'd all my beds and labeled
all the plants just as you have done. I'm not into hybridizing, but I'm super impressed by your efficiency and
creativity.

BTW, you've got some great DLs there!
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Sep 16, 2016 4:35 PM CST
Very impressive! Thumbs up
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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Sep 16, 2016 5:00 PM CST
WTB, Becky! You're definitely teaching me something! Thank You!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 16, 2016 8:59 PM CST
Thanks to each of you for your kind comments! I am glad you enjoyed the article and my ideas!

Keeping accurate track of plants is always a challenge for me, so trying these 2 ideas has proven successful for me. I hope my ideas help other gardeners as well.

Happy planning and gardening everyone! Smiling
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Sep 17, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Becky,

What a great idea. I'm going to check out the school supplies now.

WHAT did we do before digital cameras???? Confused Blinking Confused
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 17, 2016 6:26 AM CST
Sue - I hope you can find one of these cheapo white clipboards. I went back to the store and bought a second one because I like this idea so much. I was worried I might be without one at some point. So I have a back-up clipboard now! Big Grin
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Name: Ginny G
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Legalily
Sep 17, 2016 5:35 PM CST
Becky great idea!! I don't hybridize either but I'm really trying to record what and where I have things!!
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 17, 2016 6:07 PM CST
Ginny - Thank you.

I hope my ideas successfully help others with this universal dilemma that the majority of gardeners have. Please feel free to share how it works for you over time! I'd love to know how it works for others here on NGA.
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