PlantCatching spawned from a simple idea
It should be possible to find plants, seeds and crops in your local area, given by neighbors who also garden. We all like to replace ornamental plants or try a new vegetable variety. As citizens, we also would like to get a solidarity access to the food produced by vegetable gardens, thanks to, among others, the Incredible Edible movement.
The avid gardener always has plants to offer. This may be a plant to be divided, perhaps a plant which doesn’t fair well in the garden conditions, or extra seedlings and seeds too. We don’t always know with whom to share this surplus of plants, and more often than not it ends up in the garbage or compost.
What to give
For now PlantCatching allows you to give:
- a plant in earth (which will generally be a perennial that you want to replace or divide, or a vegetable seedling, but nothing prevents you from giving houseplants or annuals),
- a seed package,
- a bag of bulbs.
- fruits and vegetables from your own production,
- the content of your "Incredible Edible" containers,
- gardening materials like soil, compost, rocks, containers, ...
Three types of plant donation
The choice of method used depends on your personal taste. You may prefer to meet your neighbors, in which case the private mode is preferred. You want to make your plant available quickly just before leaving for work? Public or semi-private modes are for you.
The contents and presentation of the donation itself can guide your choice. A packet of seeds may be donated, attached to a support for visibility. But what about a fragile perennial for which it would be better to dig up and replant as soon as possible? In this case, the private mode seems more appropriate.
Finally, if you wish to develop PlantCatching most effectively in your neighborhood then public mode is preferred. This will challenge passing gardeners who will take your plant donations and surely want to help enlarge the family of PlantCatching members. Remember, there are also other ways to create the donation offer and demand.
The principles of labeling
This is an original PlantCatching labeling system, used in public and semi-private modes. To help the service increase its visibility with your neighboring gardeners, you will attach a label to your donation. It contains the name of the plant, the sunlight requirements and flower color if applicable. But the label provides two useful additional informations to the passerby: first, that this is the PlantCatching service which was used, at the same time giving him the opportunity to do the same, and second, a link to a web page where they can read comments from the donor regarding the plant.
This label also enables the gardener who took your plant to retrieve your listing on the web site, to thank you with a short message there and to mark the plant as "caught" so that other PlantCatching members won't walk to your plant for nothing.
Find plants and edibles
Request plants and materials
If you create a user account on PlantCatching, you will be able to add a few requests. You can list the plants you would like to acquire, the compost you need or the new vegetable variety you dream to try. When a user makes a search on the map in your neighborhood, he will see the existing local demand and could be tempted to donate some of the requested plants.
Publish and find events / activities
PlantCatching wants to be a central point where to discover events in horticulture and urban agriculture near you. As a citizen, you can publish an event you know will happen in your area, even if you are not the organizer. The free citizen/community events are concerned. By doing this, you serve your community.
If you organizes some events, you are also welcome to display them here. This is free as long as it is also completely free for the visitor and as long as the event is not related in any way to a commercial activity. If one of these conditions is not met, you can still promote your events while having the opportunity to support PlantCatching: this is done thanks to the Bamboo account.