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These are just some random ideas after spending an hour on the site:

  • Friends! it would be great if I could friend someone!
  • Friends feed, on the home page (once logged in) having a list of updates from people I'm following.
  • Post comments: replying to a comment is a bit odd, I can only reply to the OP and am taken to a view where the comment I want to reply to is not shown.
  • garden json could list current crops/numbers/comments/image urls: for building awesome garden/crop visualisations in javascript.
  • crops.json would be great with an image URL for visualisations.
  • community gardens, allow me to invite other members to my garden an leave comments/photos.
  • RSS feeds! everywhere!
  • Tweet/FB this links on my crops
  • Garden notes/photos/posts. Let me post pictures of my garden, post updates to my garden (with pics) etc.
  • Enable CORS to allow 3rd party mashups

.. ok I really should pitch in at this point c_c;

Community Garden - Dandenong Ranges

Hiya everyone!

I thought I'd post quickly about a project I'm trying to get set up, a community garden in my local area. This has mostly come about because I'm on tank water at home and we sadly had to let our veg die during this hot summer we've just had with no water. I've done some scouting around and have a tentative offer of some land behind a local church.

I have a background in horticulture (like most people from this area!), my parents ran a plant nursery while I was growing up and I've helped build plastic houses, lay pipes, water, fertilize, strike cuttings, pot up and all the rest as a teenager helping in a family business.

Being a software engineer/geek now however I'm really interested in automating and measuring many aspects of veggie gardening. One of the biggest issues I foresee with a community garden is regular watering, especially during summer. Watering has to happen every day, and multiple times when it's very hot and in a community garden it's hard to say who is responsible, all it takes is someone to forget and we'd lose months of hard work.

So I'm doing a lot of pre-planning for now, looking at hardware such as moisture sensors, solenoid valves and flow meters from which would, when connected to an arduino allow me to water parts of the garden on demand, and measure the amount of water going to each bed. I'd be really interested in using such a system to experiment with different yields by planting the same crop across beds which are programmed to be drier or wetter, and I'd want to have all of this data available via a website for people involved to access.

I realise all of this pre planning probably sounds fairly authoritarian but I'd like to have a basic plan to present to the community before I start, so when that time comes people can jump in, suggest crops and get planning/planting without having to worry about the setup and finer details.

If anyone has had any experience with a community garden, or automated watering I'd love to hear what you've done.

Best wishes!


Requests for new crops

Got a crop that you want to plant, but it's not on the list? Request it here!

A note on non-edible crops: Growstuff is all about edible/food gardening, so our crops database focuses on things that are edible/have culinary uses. For now, we will only be adding edible crops. In future, we hope to allow members to select "other" in the planting form, and specify a plant that's not in the database. This will allow you to track things like your houseplants in Growstuff without them being an official part of our crop database.

Known Issues

This post documents current known issues which may affect people trying to use the site. This post will be updated from time to time to reflect the current issues.

Currently we're in a state of "soft launch". We are allowing signups, but we're not actively publicising the site as we continue to build features, fix bugs, and make sure things are stable and reliable before we shout about it to the world. We anticipate this full public launch to occur sometime in May. Roughly.

Here is the list of current known issues that are affecting people (we'll skip the ones that aren't really causing problems):

  • On settings page, Firefox users find that their email address is pre-filled in the "Location" field (is this still happening? please confirm!)
  • Firefox users may have trouble opening links in new tabs (eg. cmd-click on OSX). This is a known problem with Bootstrap and we're waiting for them to fix it.
  • Editing plantings with blank planting dates may fail with an error (workaround: it says "Not yet set" in the form's date field -- delete this and all will be well)

You can also see what we're working on or will be working on in future on our tracker. If you would like to help us fix any of these, we're an open source project and would love to have your help! Don't worry if your coding skills are rusty (or non-existent) -- we do pair programming and can pair you up with a mentor. See our wiki for more information on how to get involved.

Welcome aboard!

Well, here we are. After mumble months of development, we have a real live website. Welcome, everyone! Enjoy yourselves, and if you have any feedback, suggestions, comments, queries, or problems please post them in this forum.

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