The April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
April 6, 2018

Our 2nd raffle of the year has begun, and it's a big one! New companies, new prizes, and lots of them! Get out your bag of acorns and dive in.

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Apr 18, 2018 2:48 AM CST
Name: Thomas Jones
Ralston, Ok 74650 (Zone 6b)
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I have uploaded a lot of pictures but it stopped giving me acrons. Is there a limit on how many acrons you can get for photos. Are the photos waiting to be approved before I get the acron?
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Apr 18, 2018 3:59 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Your images must be approved before acorns are granted. At least that is my understanding.
Reread the section on acorns. If you bombard the NGA with images I imagine that that might not produce the results you are looking for.
Photobombing the site is probably not a good idea.
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Apr 18, 2018 4:40 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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@thomasjones2266, please go here: https://garden.org/special/aco...

This will explain how you can earn acorns and how they are given out. If you are posting pictures of the same plant, you may only earn one acorn for that group of pictures.
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Apr 18, 2018 4:56 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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You will only get 1 acorn for each of the categories for a particular plant such as
Entire Plant = 1 acorn
Bloom = 1 acorn
Bud = 1 acorn
Stem or trunk = 1 acorn
Root = 1 acorn
Etc.....
You do not get an acorn for every single photo you post of a particular plant. For instance; you posted 6 photos of the Snake Gourd in the Gourds, Squashes & Pumpkins and all 6 were of the entire plant. You do not get an acorn for multiple views of the same thing so you only get 1 acorn for the "entire plant" view of the snake gourd in the category of Gourds, Squashes & Pumpkins.
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Apr 18, 2018 7:22 AM CST
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And it's best to pick your best photo per gallery, uploading multiple photos of the same plant with each image taken at just a slightly different angle or a few inches over is discouraged. They may get deleted as duplicates. Try to think of the database as being helpful to future visitors, if one or two images clearly depict the entire plant or a single bloom, that's helpful for someone to clearly ID it or get a good sense of what it looks like in all it's possible variables.
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Apr 18, 2018 8:40 AM CST
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I agree
Sometimes those "ugly" but sharp and accurate photos of twigs, buds, leaves or shoots can be very helpful for identification.
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Apr 18, 2018 8:48 AM CST
Name: Thomas Jones
Ralston, Ok 74650 (Zone 6b)
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well, there were two reasons I was uploading the photos one was the acorns and the other I felt it would be a good storage place for my photos. I won't be uploading any more photos. I did not understand all of your rules and requirements so please forgive the confusion and anyone that I upset.
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Apr 18, 2018 8:55 AM CST
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thomasjones2266 said:well, there were two reasons I was uploading the photos one was the acorns and the other I felt it would be a good storage place for my photos. I won't be uploading any more photos. I did not understand all of your rules and requirements so please forgive the confusion and anyone that I upset.


Oh no! D'Oh! You might want to store your photos on an external hard drive, or on a cloud service. There're also sources like Flickr https://www.flickr.com/ which is a type of cloud service I guess. But as far as I understand, the NGA is not a photo-storage service. You will find lots of information here to help you ID plants and make decisions about your own garden, and photos are a large part of that ability. I use the database quite often for that and am happy if I can contribute a photo that might help someone else in the future.

I know this post is related to the NARR because you originally were looking to earn acorns, but did you know that there's a special forum for asking questions? It's called (I don't know why) the Ask A Question Forum! https://garden.org/apps/ask/ It's perfect for questions exactly like this one. Enjoy!
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Apr 18, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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@thomasjones2266 There's also a place to start your own blog: https://garden.org/blogs/
It's located at the top under "Community" (Right next to Tools & Apps).

Look on the right where it says "Create your own blog". You can start your own page and post as many of your pictures there as you like, keep track of growing progress. I still haven't started one yet... I need to do that! Smiling
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Apr 18, 2018 9:23 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Another place to store personal plant photos is to create a personal plant list (Tools & Apps, Plant Lists) which will automatically attach the first photo you have contributed to the database, and also allows you to upload as many other photos of that particular plant as you want to. (I think I have this right, someone correct me if not.)
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Apr 18, 2018 9:34 AM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
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Also, if you notice, the photos get reduced to 1000 pixels wide. I'm guessing you shoot larger - and you'll want to store full-sized versions of what you shoot.
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Apr 18, 2018 9:37 AM CST
Name: Thomas Jones
Ralston, Ok 74650 (Zone 6b)
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thanks for the help everyone I have used the site for a couple of years now. I was trying to expand my knowledge of it. I had never tried the raffle or a lot of the other options here. It would seem others also posted questions on this thread. That is why I asked mine here. Thank you all for the information and suggestions.
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Apr 18, 2018 9:45 AM CST
Name: Thomas Jones
Ralston, Ok 74650 (Zone 6b)
enjoy each day to the fullest
Amaryllis Lilies Master Gardener: Texas Region: Oklahoma Peonies Peppers
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Roses Seed Starter Tomato Heads Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
yes, my internet is really slow so I had been reducing them before uploading them anyways. It is pretty time-consuming. It is really not that great of a picture after you do that to the picture. I have several external drives. I have had them fail also so that is no guarantee as a safeguard. I know that I can burn them to a DVD. If there is a fire I will lose them. With this slow internet, I am pretty limited on what I can do.
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Apr 18, 2018 10:26 AM CST
Name: Chris Reid
Texas (Zone 8b)
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I know what you mean about dealing with a slow internet! Good luck with saving your photos.
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