Thank you all for your encouraging words.
Cool. Looks like a good project. When we get into our new homestead next month, I'll try to contribute as I learn to id the native species on the property.
That would be wonderful! Hope your move goes smoothly.
Dan Poole wrote:
That's looking pretty good! I especially like the advanced search options. One thing I'd like to see is some companion planting suggestions or a companion planting search option. I know that'd be fairly involved though...Keep up the good work!
Yes, it will be involved but certainly doable and necessary (this is
a permaculture focused plant database, afterall!). What I had in mind for this: aside from researching what's already available, to have the ability for users (read: all of us) to list a number of plants that were planted near each other and report on how each one did. As more reports are collected we can analyse them to find trends. Such as: When plant A and plant B are grown together, plant A consistently grows poorly or fails to grow at all. Or when B and C are grown together, C consistently does better than when B is not present. It will help to find affinities between plants as well as animosity. Before going that far we do need to first build a base set of plants with their hierarchical relationship (family/genus/species..) in order to do proper analysis of reports. The more people who contribute, the sooner we can progress to the next stage. One step at a time.
What are your thoughts?
That's really a very good idea!
I would like to see more search functions (lists), for example plant families (like alliums) and practical lists like "root vegetables" "starchy crops" etc. or as well crops for shade etc. and then propagation is missing and maybe something like easy to grow or diddicult.
Very good points. I definitely intend to add more search parameters as well as some pre-defined searches for basic/common searches without needing to go full-blown advanced. Especially as the search parameters grow. I'm still mulling over how I want to do the interface to search within a plant group. It is necessary, but requires a bit more thought before I do it. The propagation is something I personally need. I've got a French Sorrel outside that's gone to flower and I keep checking it to find where/when the seeds appear and can be harvested. I've got some original seeds for comparison so I know what I'm looking for. Photos are going to be an important part of the propagation component.
I like the idea. What are you building it in?
Not sure I follow. Are you asking about the technology? Just your standard web tech: PHP / PgSQL / JS.