In part 3 I showed how to put the finishing touches on a spreadsheet that calculated the potential cost of a plant order in progress. But because of its tabular format, a spreadsheet is often used in situations where a lot of information needs to be organized, even if no calculations are made. Below are [...]
In our last part we had finished entering data and were getting ready to sum up. Actually it's best to create this autosumming Subtotal before you enter much data. That way, you have a good idea how much your wishlist is costing you as you go along. The first thing you need to do is [...]
In part 1 we logged into Google Spreadsheets and got things set up. Now let's get this thing to do some work for us. We're going to teach this worksheet to multiply the price of a plant by the number of plants we want to give us the total price. The end result will make [...]
I mentioned in a recent post that I use a spreadsheet to plan my garden purchases. Others have mentioned using a spreadsheet to track their seed sowing. But that doesn't help you much if you don't know a spreadsheet from a tablecloth, so let's start right there: a spreadsheet is a computer program that arranges [...]
After ordering every colchicum offered in this country that I didn't already have for several years running, I thought this was the year I wasn't going to order any. No one was selling colchicums that I didn't already have. But then I was able to obtain some from an unexpected source. Come see the new colchicums that bloomed in my garden this fall.
A long winter is not for sissies. If you are new to the tribe of hardy plants and hardy souls, here are 10 time-honored ways to beat cabin fever. How many do you already practice?
Several years ago I decided to quit starting plants (ornamental and edible) indoors from seed. It was always a great way to appease my impatience for spring's arrival, but a seedling massacre occurred every May, as my attention was diverted to the many garden tasks outdoors needing completion. Inevitably, I'd forget to water, or take [...]
Why do I garden? Why does an artist paint? Why does a pianist spend days practicing for an hour long concert? The truth is, I don't know why I garden. I don't know why I have an affinity for plants, a need to see them thrive, a hungering for their beauty. As a child, I [...]
For those of you just joining us, this past fall I spent a week traveling to visit friends in Austin and to attend the Garden Writers Association symposium in Oklahoma City, where I agreed to be part of a team presenting on garden blogs. My original intention was to chronicle my entire trip from airport [...]
Most gardeners don't start out as weather geeks, but I think most end up that way. The fate of one's plants is just too tied up with the weather. Garden chores will be different depending on the weather. And while golfers and swimmers rejoice at yet another hot, sunny day, we gardeners know another sunny [...]