Tended News

Multi-Row Plantings and Bulk-End Plantings

Improvements to Design Your 2017 Garden with Ease

Jan. 24, 2017

Hey growers! 2017 is here and we’re really looking forward to getting back in the dirt for the coming growing season. Here in Minnesota, we have a while yet to wait on that, but there is plenty to do to gear up for the garden in the meantime, including closing out your 2016 garden and designing your 2017 garden on Tended.

We've added a couple new features to make switching seasons a breeze:

  • A tool to close out your spaces' 2016 plantings so that you'll have a clean slate to start your 2017 garden
  • A new way to make a planting that is made up of multiple rows; for example, tracking your 2 rows of tomatoes as a single planting rather than as 2 rows

Closing out 2016 plantings

When you're in your garden's map view, go to the Plantings tab, and there’s a new bulk operations section.

Expand the section, and you’ll find the option to close out all of the plantings for that space on a date of your choosing. If you have multiple spaces that make up your operation, you'll want to visit each space to take care of them.

Detail-oriented folk may still prefer to set plantings’ end date on a case-by-case basis via their settings, but now you have the option of a big shortcut to reuse your existing spaces in 2017.

Remember, you can always return to view your 2016 garden on a given date by using the datepicker above the map.

Multi-row plantings

When creating your plantings, you'll notice a new option of Multiple Rows. Instead of needing to create rows one-by-one that are identical and next to each other, you can speed up the creation process and management of actions and harvests by using the multiple-row option. This will benefit farmers and others who grow a lot of a given plant.

Besides specifying the inner spacing of the plants, you can also put in the row spacing to accurately reflect your real-world operation. Give it a try!

New Feature: Your Garden Journal

Keep a log to help yourself and others learn throughout your gardening year

June 1, 2016

An important component of Tended is the ability for you to look back from year to year and remember what you did in your garden, when, and how. This helps inform your future years of growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs by building on your successes, avoiding previous mistakes, and trying new experiments to see how they compare to previous growing methods. Plus, we hope it makes garden even more enjoyable by being able to recall the details of past years.

Tended already allows you to track many of these things in a data-rich way with its areas, plantings, actions, harvests, and tasks; as we continue to build on Tended's reporting abilities, you'll benefit from how the rich, structured data can provide insights.

There's plenty of reasons to also like free-form data, though. Some things could be tricky to fit into structured data, such as:

  • summarizing the process you used to start your seedlings, and whether you'd like to try anything different next year
  • documenting how your transplants take to the soil, and whether there's any additional protection or amendments you'd want to keep in mind next time
  • making note of pesky weeds or bugs and how you manage them
  • just reflecting on how amazing your garden is doing

For this reason, we're happy to introduce a Journal component to Tended. Now when you access your account, in addition to the Map and Calendar, you'll see another tab, Journal. Add a new entry and write as little or as much as you like to capture what's new in your garden. You can use plain text or use the toolbar above the text box to do some basic styling like bold, italics, creating lists, and to link to other sites if you like. You're also able to upload photos to your Journal entry after you've saved it.

See Journal Demo

Journal entry form

Journal entry output

As you begin to use it, feel free to share the URL with friends and family who are interested in gardening; you can treat your Journal as a gardening blog that's already set up for you!

Tended's Journal utilizes a formatting termed Markdown, which makes the stylings possible. You don't need to know much about Markdown if you're not interested (though if you are, take a look at http://www.markdowntutorial.com/), but just know that when you use the toolbar to make a word bold, for example, your content will change to include asterisks around the word; that's how Markdown signals that the word should be bolded upon saving. Once you save your entry, things will appear without the extra characters surrounding the content and be formatted as you hoped.

We're excited to read about your garden's goings-on in your Journal!