So long for now

Seedling has officially been taken offline. Thanks to everyone who spent time with the application uploading your photos and posting your updates. While there was never a large user base associated with Seedling, building the application was a great learning experience for me. Feedback was always positive, but the marketing effort for the application never existed.

Please ping me on Twitter if you have any comments or questions. Thanks again.

Cale

The Main Event: Logging Plant Progress

We’ve designed the Seedling log interface in a way that should be familiar to people that take part in sites like Twitter and Facebook. That was purposefully done to give a familiarity to the data entry process. We thought the quicker a user can start using the app, the better the experience is going to be.

Plant milestones

The log itself is made up of individual entries that are customizable by the user. Log entries are displayed in a list format with the newest entries at the top of the page. We thought about a spreadsheet-like interface among others, but to be honest, we didn’t want to start looking like a suite of office software.

No spreadsheets here.

The entry process is going to remain pretty simple. We’ll provide a few default entry types like Yield, Water, and Fertilizer. Ultimately we want the user to define the entry, so we’ll be giving you the ability to create your own entry types. Once you create an entry type, it will be available in your dropdown list for future use across all your plant logs.

Milestone entry types

Photos will also be added just like any other entry type. (More on photos, soon.)

In addition to photos, each entry will have an option for notes. So if you add a fertilizer entry you can note the brand and amount that was applied.

Other users will be able to comment on each of your entries.

We expect to send out preview invite emails, shortly. If you haven’t already, sign up for an early preview of the site over at seedlinglog.com.

Getting Things Started

The Beginning
The idea behind Seedling first came about during an oil change in the garage. We keep a log in the form of a spreadsheet of all work that is done to our cars. It includes dates and mileage among other notations. That got us thinking about applying something similar to our vegetable gardens. It would be a great way to note the progress of the plants and learn from successes and failures year over year.

We started searching around for web based garden logs or journals and surprisingly, there wasn’t much out there. A few people had posted printable journal pages that could be manually compiled into physical notebooks. There were one or two related web apps that came up but they were either grossly underdeveloped or unbelievably disjointed and complicated.

So we set out to create an app that was functional, yet elegantly simple. Here are some of our features:

Features

Logs & Milestones
Seedling allows you to log the progress of your plants by recording milestones such as height, yield counts, fertilizer applications and more. Eventually you’ll be able create your own custom milestone types.

Milestone form elements

Photos
Photos are a big part of Seedling. We encourage you to upload lots of photos of your plants as they grow. What better way to record their activity?

Graphs & Analytics
Graphs are a powerful way to track your plants’ growth, not only during the season, but year after year. As you enter data day after day, the app will create these for you.

Graph your plants' progress

Social
Everyone’s plants are available for others to see, follow along with, and comment on. Learn and share with locals or people around the world.

Seedling has been a lot of fun to build. We hope you’ll find it useful. Also, we love feedback, so feel free to drop us a line at any time: feedback@seedling.com

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting more in-depth descriptions of the features listed above. Bookmark us and visit again soon.

P.S. If you’d like early access to our upcoming preview release, sign-up for our mailing list at http://seedlinglog.com/