Technology and Gardening

So I could be posting about national news items, but instead I spent my spare time today working on a gardening wiki. Laura wanted to keep notes on the plants that we have planted with some of the more vital statistics such as when to prune them and how well they thrive for us. I decided that a TiddlyWiki was a very good format to keep such notes because these wikis are very portable, the entire site is in a single file, and they allow you to cross reference notes and link between notes so that it becomes a very versatile note-taking system. I have actually started using TiddlyWikis for a variety of note-taking projects at home and at work.

After I got started on the project I thought it would be fun to put it on my website so that I could access it and update it from anywhere. To do that I used MiniTiddlyServer (MTS) which allows makes a server environment for TiddlyWikis. Normally they are displayable on the web but not they can’t be updated online without some help. I think that MTS is the best tool to give that help that I have seen. Admittedly I work with Sean Hess, who created MTS, but even if I didn’t know him I would consider this to be a fine piece of work. The first version of MTS that I used was only 9 files zipped up to less than 100Kb. The version I am using now is much bigger (over 500Kb – still very small) and much more powerful.

This opens up a world of future possibilities. For the present, anyone can see what I am planting in my gardens (flower and vegetable). Later I may choose to allow others to contribute to the wiki by invitation. Eventually I could choose to open parts of it up for general comment and contribution. MTS can do that kind of thing, the question is, “will I want to try it?” The answer is, “time will tell.”

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David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.
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6 Responses to Technology and Gardening

  1. Colette says:

    I don’t see strawberries listed on your wiki. Did they make it?

    And – Do thornless raspberries remain thornless? I noticed that thornless blackberries did not remain thornless. New stocks were unbearable.

  2. David says:

    I don’t have everything up on the wiki yet. As for thornless raspberries – I guess we’ll have to wait and see. They seem thornless so far this year.

  3. Jason Black says:

    I’ve got thornless blackberries (transplanted from a friend 4 years ago) that have remained thornless and have borne fruit (abundantly) every year. I expect your thornless raspberries will stay that way.

  4. David says:

    I’d like to think so, although I am more excited about my thorny raspberries because they are spreading so prolifically and they are ever-bearing. One possibility for making the thornless raspberries get thorns is if they are affected by cross-pollinating with my ever-bearing raspberries.

  5. Jared says:

    The gardening wiki appears to be broken. Doesn’t come up in Firefox or Internet Explorer.

    I love the idea of a gardening repository, though.

  6. David says:

    Jared,

    I’m sorry to hear that. I don’t understand what was going wrong. The fact that you could access the blog suggests it was not my server being down. I have opened it up in Firefox and Internet Explorer without incident. Feel free to try it again. If it still fails I don’t know what to say.

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