Site Talk forum: July 5th update to the Plant Lists - weeds, threads

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 5, 2017 2:08 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Another update to the Plants Lists feature was just uploaded. New features:

1) You can now invite discussion for plants in your list. When you edit a plant, you'll see a checkbox that says:

"Invite discussion from other members about this plant?"

If you check that off and save the page, then members can post threads to your page.

You can see an example of this here:

https://garden.org/lists/item/...

Scroll to the bottom to see the thread. New threads to your list automatically get added to your watched threads, so that you don't miss any new comments posted to your list. The default for each plant in your list is that this is disabled, so if you want it, you have to check it off for each plant.

2) Weed Reports. When you edit a plant, you will now notice a "Weed Report" box. Click the + icon in the box to see the full report area. This is where you can optionally report that the plant in question is a weed, and how bad it is and how you're dealing with it. The existence of this feature is helpful for those who are tracking "weeds". This functionality will be used in another upcoming update that will hook the plant lists feature into my upcoming revamp of our Weed Library which is accessible under the Learning Library.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Jul 5, 2017 3:33 PM CST
I was curious about the weed designation, particularly as it relates to natives that some might perceive as weeds whereas other may see them as welcome volunteers. I used dicentra formosa (Pacific bleeding heart) as an example. This is native in my region, grows wild in my back woods, and has migrated up into my garden beds. I would not call this a weed, but others might. So I was a bit curious how the weed reports might work. But, I am unable to locate the 'weed report' box. How specifically do I get to this box? I tried to edit the plant details and to add a plant report, but didn't see it in either spot. ??
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Jul 5, 2017 3:49 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

The weed report only exists in your plant list. It's not part of the plants database.

As for what a weed is, that's a decision each gardener makes for themself. A weed is simply an unwanted plant.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Jul 5, 2017 5:02 PM CST
Ahh, now I see it, thanks. I already have both an 'Invasive' and 'Native' category, but will link those to this new feature as well to try it out.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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