Site Talk forum: "On Order" Status for Plants in Plant List

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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Sep 23, 2017 1:30 PM CST
Often, when the weather is to hot or too cold to be tending our gardens, our thoughts turn to managing the plants in our garden. Although this could happen during the sultry summer months, generally the task falls into the winter season. Among the many things we do is identify plants we want and order them. Some of us also use this down time to make new entries in our plant lists.

Problem is, the plant list feature right now does not have an On Order status for plants in our list. We have the plant or we don't. For people who just buy two plants a year it's not a problem. One remembers. But these are also not the people who get the big value out of the database. For people who order five or twenty cultivars from each of ten or twelve vendors, it's not always trivially easy to recall what is on order. When one does finally get around to adding a new plant to the list it is then either during the growing season after the plant has arrived and one is busy caring for the garden, or it is a whole year later when one is reviewing the previous year's purchases in which case the database list fails to reflect all of this season's additions and any new plant risks being forgotten. Especially if it was a dud. Sometimes we save time, effort, and money by remembering duds.

I'd like to believe it is not an insurmountable amount of programming to add an On Order status to bridge the gap between I Want and I Have. (It seems to me that in the absence of any unanticipated side effects it might take a really good programmer who knows the system maybe half an hour.) I think for those of us who have begun using the database to help us track the hundreds of plants now in our gardens and under consideration for addition this would allow us to make a crucial distinction that we cannot now make.

I know I would find it very valuable.


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Name: woofie
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Sep 23, 2017 1:35 PM CST
You know, even for those of us who don't order lots and lots of plants, I think that would be a nice feature, if it weren't all that complicated to include.

Edited to add: I suggested moving this thread to the Site Talk forum. Seems like a better spot for it.
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Sep 23, 2017 5:22 PM CST
A work-around might be to create a category called 'On Order' which would give you all your plants you are waiting for. You could either list them as 'Want' (and then change to 'Have') or 'Have' (and then delete the 'On Order' category when they arrive. The beauty of the categories (for me) is the ability to cross-reference plants to various different criteria - a native shrub might show up in a single category search for 'native' or 'shrub' or perhaps 'medicinal' or 'edible' or 'aromatic.'
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Sep 23, 2017 6:30 PM CST
I really like the idea of having the "on order" status! Good suggestion, Steve Thumbs up
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I wish I were organized enough to use that option (my plant list is embarrassing), but I love the idea!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Sep 24, 2017 7:57 AM CST Admin

This has been added. You'll see it as a new status called "Will have".
Name: Steve
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Sep 24, 2017 8:06 AM CST
Thank You!
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