I admire those super-organized gardeners--really, I do. I'm amazed by people who map out their gardens, make lists of plants, and follow those plans.
I purchase plants and then stagger around my garden with them until I decide where I want to plant them.
The thing is that from one year to the next, I don't remember what I planted the previous years. The garden looks so different when half my plants are dormant.
I keep the tabs that come with the plants when I buy them. I throw them into my bucket and wind up with hundreds of the little rascals. They were really starting to pile up, not only in my bucket, but upstairs by my computer when I needed to look them up on the web, and as bookmarks in my gardening books.
So, I decided to tackle it in a spreadsheet. I'm sure I could have done more, but for me (for now) it's the information I need. I like to take the simple approach to things, so I made a spreadsheet to track my plants. If it needs to be fancier, I can always add a column or two.
The great part is that I can keep adding to it, and with a few clicks of the mouse, sort it alphabetically. Let's see how this works.