Hi Everyone!

This year I will be looking at moving SeedLibraries.org off of the Ning platform. It's very important to me to keep a nice social network interface. I just saw Tim Lerno's website for Gardeners called MyGarden. It's a very nice looking website. Most important is to provide the ability to expand, keep users engaged and their information secure, while keeping costs low in the long run.

Please use this thread to share tips, ideas, and connections.

Thanks!

Devon

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Hello Devon,

I'm glad you like MyGarden.org  but it is not my website: I'm just a member of their community/librarian who came up with the idea of integrating a seed library catalog with a self check library system in the site ;-)  

The site was originally build as a hobbyproject by some IT'ers who like gardening.  A few years ago they have set up a company called Trendsco

Tim Lerno

Hi Tim,

I'm interested in your automation system. Are you using bar codes (like they use at the Pima County Seed Library in Arizona)?

Do you have photos of what you are doing? I would love to know more about how you are organizing your data.

Kindly,

Devon


Tim Lerno said:

Currently we are finishing the production of a seed display with a tablet that will be used to lend seeds.  We are also working on the automatisation of labels for our seeds: once we add them to our catalog a PDF will be generated with the labels that can be printed.

Hello Devon,

I'm glad you like MyGarden.org  but it is not my website: I'm just a member of their community/librarian who came up with the idea of integrating a seed library catalog with a self check library system in the site ;-)  

The site was originally build as a hobbyproject by some IT'ers who like gardening.  A few years ago they have set up a company called Trendsco

Tim Lerno

Hello Devon,

We don't use barcodes.  Our system is somewhat similar to the touchscreen scales in the supermarket where you put your fruits and vegetables to print a price tag:  

First you search and select the seeds you want to borrow on the screen.  The picture of the plant is also printed on the seed envelope.

A pop-up appears with the plants description.  Click on the green button 'zaden uitlenen' to borrow the seeds.

In your seed basket you get an overview of all the seeds you want to borrow. 

Log in to your free mijntuin.org-account (mygarden.com) by typing your e-mail.  Confirm your identity by clicking 'Ja' (yes).

or

Register a free account.  

The system works perfect for small collections (all 17 seed libraries are just starting).  Maybe we will have to add some user friendly refine and sorting options in the future, when collections get bigger.

We sort on 4 types of seeds: vegetables, herbs for the kitchen, medicinal herbs & flowers.  

Cataloging is easy: we match our seed records to the plant records of mijntuin.org (mygarden.com): >12 000 plants.  Registered members can add new plants to the database, alter or add to descriptions, pictures,... (like Wikipedia).

Type the first letters of the plants name in Dutch or Latin.  An autotext menu appears.  Select your plant, if it is in the database.  Create a new plant description if it isn't.

A link appears to the plant description, so you can make sure it's the right one.  Fill in the date the seeds where harvested, the name of the grower, number of available envelopes, checkbox for organic (often we don't have that information).  In the text field you can add some optional notes regarding the seeds or grower.  General extra information about the plant is added to the plant description. 

Our seed envelopes have been designed with the free program Scribus, hand made and far too much work, but we are working on automaticly generated PDF-labels that should look more or less the same (back and front).

On this envelope you see our label for medicinal herbs.  At home or in the garden, the QR-code takes the borrower to the full description of the plant.  You see all the data from the seed record on the envelope, together with a shortened version of the plant description.

 

Wow! That's awesome! Some very interesting concepts there. I especially like the QR code on the packets. Thanks, Tim :)

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