Your Journal can be organized in any way that suits you.That's one of the biggest benefits of the Dave's Garden Journal feature!Many
users have found that taking the time to browse through other's
Journals first gives them some ideas on how they wish to structure
As an overview, think of your Journal as a three ring binder.The Journal is the binder and Categories are divider tabs.Additionally, you can assign a Status to an entry.Statuses can be anything you want that you find meaningful.For further information on Categories and Statuses see the FAQs belowBack to the top
The first step is to set up a Category in your
Journal.This is when it pays off to
have given some thought to how you want to structure your Journal.In our example, we’ll set up a Category
Click on the “Manage Categories” link.Type “Perennials” in the box provided and
click submit.Return to your Main
Journal page and you now have your first Category called “Perennials”.At this time you may wish to set up
additional Categories or proceed to entering your first Status or first Journal
A Category can be anything you wish it to be.Some users have Categories such as Perennial,
Annual, Vines, Shrubs, etc.Other users
have used this field for gardening and non-gardening projects alike.Examples are categories of Gardening,
Houseplants, Home Improvements, Cooking, and Crafts.Again, the flexibility of the Journal feature is that you can
make it whatever you find useful.
Categories are created by clicking on the Manage
Categories link under the Main Menu.This brings up the Adding/Editing Categories page which allows you to
add, change or delete Categories.You
can also create sub-categories by clicking on an existing Category name on this
page and entering a sub-category name under the existing category.Some users use sub-categories of A-G, H-O,
P-S and T-Z.
A Status can be anything you wish it to be.Some users have statuses such as Seedling, 1st
year, Finished, Not Succesful.Other
users have used this field for specifying different garden beds or locations
because you can view listings of your Journal by Status and see all the plants
in a given garden bed.Again, the
flexibility of the Journal feature is that you can make it whatever you find
Similar to Categories, Statuses are created by clicking on
the Statuses link under the Main Menu.This brings up the Adding/Editing Statuses page which allows you to add,
change or delete Statuses.For this
example, we’ll use “Front Border” which is keyed into the field provided.Click the submit button and you have your
To add an entry to your Journal you simply need to click
on the Category to which you want to assign this item.Using our example, we will add an entry
under the Perennials category for Rudbeckia fulgida.
Under Access by Category, click on the Category
“Perennials”.On the next screen click
on “Click here to Add a New Item”.
When the Adding New Item screen appears simply fill in the
fields.For assistance with Genus and
Species names the Plants Database is an invaluable tool.Location can be any meaningful information
to you.Add any initial comments or
notes where specified and indicate a Status if desired (Status will only show
Unknown as an option in this drop-down box until you’ve added your own Statuses).See next FAQ for description of Status.
Once you have completed the fields, press the submit
button.The Journal system then assigns
your new entry a unique number called RID (Resource ID).See an explanation of the RID below in the
The next screen displays the entry you just made.Notice that if the system found a match on
the Genus and species you entered a hyperlink to possible Plants
Database entries is listed immediately below your item.
From here you can add additional entries to this plant,
upload pictures (using the Add Entry option), print out a copy of the entry, or
add a Milestone.You have several other
options available at this stage of viewing an entry.You can move it to another Journal (if you have created
additional Journals), move it to another category, add it to your Trade List on
Dave’s Garden, or even Clone a copy of the entry (with or without
sub-entries).Cloning is a useful
feature if you have multiple locations of this plant in your garden you don’t have
to do the entry twice.Simply clone the
first entry and then edit the clones with different location, status, etc.
You can add, change and delete entries in your Journal
easily.Simply go to the View Journal
Entry page for the item you want to add to, change or delete.You can access it through the Category link
that is under (Perennials), by the Status (Front Border) that it is related to,
or by using the Search Journal box.
Select Add an Entry to this Item.Note that after the inital entry all
subsequent entries have a field to indicate the Type of Entry you are
making.Your choices are:Status Update, TODO Item, or Action I
Performed.These types are shown when
viewing the Journal item.Additionally,
all TODO Item entries can also be viewed from the Main Journal page in a list
During Add an Entry you can upload a picture to the
Journal using the field provided.Simply click on the Browse button to locate the image on your computer
hard drive, then click OK to return to the Journal.Press the submit button.If you are adding an image, the file upload may take a few seconds or
several minutes depending on your internet connection speed.
Once you've created a Journal item, click on "Add an
Entry" when viewing the item.Enter a brief description or comment, then click on the
"browse" button. This will open up a new window displaying your hard
drive.Locate your image you wish to
upload, then press "Preview".If you're happy with the entry, press "Submit".It will be automatically uploaded.
No problem - when you view that item, you'll see an option
to "move" it to another category - click on that link and you'll see
a display of all the available categories.Simply click on the correct category and the item will be automatically
moved for you.
Additionally you can move an item or multiple items in a
single category to another category by clicking on the category under Access by
Categories on the main Journal page.This brings up a table of all your items under that category.For those items you want to move, check the
checkbox in front of each item you want to move and then click the Change
Category button.Select the new
category from the list of existing categories shown.Press the “Change Category button and the items are automatically
moved to the new category.
That is up to you.If you wish your Journal is made available for other Subscribers and
Members to view.If you prefer to not
have your Journals public you can change that preference under the Privacy
option under the Journal Main Menu.The
default setting is that your Journal is Private unless you change it to allow
others to see your Journal.
Yes.Lists can be
printed by Category, by Status by individual item (with and without images) or
your entire Journal can be printed.To
print a listing for a Status or Category simply click on the category or status
you wish to print out.At the top of
the page select the hyperlink “Click here to prepare the items on this page for
printing.”You are then presented with
a printable format of the listing that can be printed using your browser’s
To print out an individual item, select that item for
viewing and then select either option “Print this item (with[without]
images)”.Use your browser’s Print
feature to submit the page for printing.
To print the entire contents of your Journal, click on
Access All Item under the Journal Main Menu.
Yes and no.If the Journal is a new one you created and not
your "Default Journal" then you can delete the Journal in it's entirety
by clicking on the Manage Journals option under the Main Menu on the
Journal home page.CAUTION:Deleting a Journal cannot be undone.Be sure to move or clone any entries you wish to keep before deleting the Journal.
the Journal is your "Default Journal" then you cannot delete the
Journal itself (it is a technical requirement that all Dave's Garden
members have a "Default Journal").You can, however, delete the contents of the Default Journal but it will require deleting each entry one-at-a-time.You'll find a link to delete each entry when you use the Access by Category (Status) in your Journal.
If you've read through these tips and still have a question, you can post it to the DG Journal forum which is available to all registered users (if you're using a DG journal, you're already registered.) Back to the top