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bwaynef

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Dear Diary
« on: February 01, 2011, 10:28 AM »
How do you keep track of your trees?  Do you keep tabs on your trees in a journal?  What kind of information do you track? Do you store it on your computer or keep hard copies? 

If you've got any templates, feel free to upload the document(s).
 

mcpesq817

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 10:48 AM »
I've just been using a small notebook over the past couple of years marking down observations, repots, styling work, etc.  I haven't been good about taking pictures, but I've got separate folders on my computer for various trees.

I've been thinking about creating a log of when I last repotted, but haven't gotten around to that.  I've only been doing this for three years, so I've been able to remember what I've done with which tree when.  But as my collection grows, and my new trees get bigger and need less frequent repotting, I figure that in the future it would help me to have a quick one page log so that I didn't have to check back through my notebook to remember when I repotted.

There's some bonsai collection management software out there that's free when I looked into this last year or the year before.  But, I figured it was quicker to just do what I was doing rather than spend tons of time on my computer inputting data on my trees when I could be working on them.
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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011, 02:27 PM »
Shameless plug for a friend's project (he's also a BSG member): http://otetsudaiqt.sourceforge.net/
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 10:56 AM »
The wife bought me a nice leather bound diary that I needed to do something with.  I keep notes about repotting, tree purchasing, major work/bending, defoliating, decandling, etc.

It seems to help, as at a glance I can tell when a tree was last repotted.  I'll be decandling 2 JBP earlier than I did last year, as the needles were too small this year.
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2011, 12:30 PM »
Shameless plug for a friend's project (he's also a BSG member): http://otetsudaiqt.sourceforge.net/

I downloaded it and will give it a try.  Looks pretty handy.  I like that you can include pictures, sort by species, etc.  Thanks for posting.
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011, 06:22 PM »
OK, I'm perplexed on this window that asks for "Name of database", "Directory Location" and "Graphic Editor" on the software. And yes I am very computer illiterate :) What in the cheezwhiz do you put? Thank ye!
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011, 08:50 PM »
Looks like it's just asking where to create the database and what to name it.
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011, 09:03 AM »
That's not helping any. Why do things have to be so complicated...for me anyway LOL.
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2012, 10:08 PM »
Thank you for the link...Love the database so far.   :D
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2012, 10:47 PM »
I just saw an app called bonsai album that I downloaded but have not plugged any info into yet so I can't say too much but the 7 reviews it had were pretty good.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bonsai-album-track-your-bonsai/id465021382?mt=8
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2012, 10:56 AM »
I use a combination of programs.

I use the OT2 software mentioned above (http://otetsudaiqt.sourceforge.net/ ) and it is great. However, it lacks any real reporting/printout capability. Its underlying database is sorta SQL and can be read by the sql tool in Firefox. It is great for keeping notes on individual trees. I speak SQL so I extract the data, import into Access and use that to create a printed notebook of my trees.

I also use OneNote to keep research, articles, significant web postings, and a diary of tasks that are not related to an individual tree (like "sprayed fungicide on all trees".) OneNote has a web component and an iPad app that makes my OneNote notebooks available from anywhere I have a connection to the cloud.

A couple of my club members use the iPad app mentioned and it looks nice. I started with the other software and just stuck with that to avoid switching.

Frank
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2012, 11:22 AM »
I just saw an app called bonsai album that I downloaded but have not plugged any info into yet so I can't say too much but the 7 reviews it had were pretty good.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bonsai-album-track-your-bonsai/id465021382?mt=8

This is what I use too Jim.  Very easy to use and nice interface. 
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2012, 12:01 PM »
I do the old fashion thing. I cut up 3 inch pieces of old window blinds, punch a hole at 1 end. I write brief notes on it such as re-potting date, etc, then hang it from a branch by a small wire put thru the hole on the strip. I use pencil and it stays on for years.
 Everytime I walk by a tree, I can instantly see if it needs to be fed or repotted soon.
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2012, 05:26 PM »
I started a blog to help me do this.  So far it's been fun and makes me think about documenting progress more often
 

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Re: Dear Diary
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2012, 09:54 AM »
I jump on this thread.

I have a bugfix version ready to release for more than a year and a half. It adds German support too. I am very busy (work, family, Japanese language study, bonsai) and I have somewhat lost the envy to invest time and energy on this project.
Would someone be interested in 1)packaging the release 2) adopt the project for further development ?

TIA