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On 5/13/2015 10:27 AM, IGraham wrote:
Base, can I link a database to a map/grid/spreadsheet grid – not really sure
how to ak this or what is possible, doable or worth attempting so bear with
An explanation of what I want to do.
I like gardening and keep on buying plants and sticking them in around the
garden, most have difficult names and I have a crap memory. At some point
I'll be wandering around the garden see a plant and have no idea what it is.
I'd like to create a map of my garden and record where a plant is and its
name (common and Latin) etc in a database. Possibly such an application
already exists (free) if it does I haven’t found it.

So is it possible to connect a database to a map/grid/whatever to do what I

Any thoughts help appreciated


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Unless you're talking about a really BIG garden (ie: hundreds of plants), a true database seems to me like overkill.

I would suggest creating a map (on paper, or however is convenient for you) and overlaying it with a grid where each square equals no more than one square foot (or maybe 25 centimeters, since you're not in the USA). Title the rows & columns just like a spreadsheet would.

Then, ON a spreadsheet, I'd list everything you plant, with column A as the plant description, and column B being the grid location. As you add more plants, you can either re-sort the table to keep the list in alphabetical order, or just insert new rows where they belong on the list. (This provides the added convenience of adding more info in additional columns on the fly, if the need makes itself apparent.)

If that DOES get so large that a true database seems more convenient, this spreadsheet and map will have already given you a good head-start on how to design the database.

Hope this helps,
Tim Deaton

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