Seed, Bulb, Plant Inventory Software

Dell Sherk
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 14:06:33 PDT
Dear Leo,

Did you or someone else say that one could import an Excel spreadsheet into
a database with OpenOffice?


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On Behalf Of Leo A. Martin
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Seed, Bulb, Plant Inventory Software

It really is very easy to do a database for yourself with any database
program. They all have step-by-step instructions to walk you through the
process. MS Access is one database but it does cost a lot of money if you
don't have it.

Open Office is an open-source, free-to-download office suite that reads
and writes Microsoft formats as well as using its own format. It has a
database, word processor, slide presentation program, and more. It is NOT
fly-by-night, virus-laden software. It is a real thing written and
supported by a huge online community of programmers and users. Try it. I
repeat, it's free.

Decide what information you want in your database. Mine has these fields:

Access number | Genus | Species | Family | Where I got it 1 | Where I got
it 2  | Where I got it 3 | Stage acquired (seed, bulb, etc.) | Date
acquired | Where now | Cost | Notes

Give every plant a unique ID number. You can write this on the underground
part of your label so even if the top breaks off you still have the ID

Put your gardening notes in the free-form notes field as you work with the
plant. Date each new note.

Leo Martin

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