eVegGuide Data Editor Applications
 
PLANT EDITOR
A plant record represents a plant that may be reccommended by NRCS California.

Searching for Records

    Open Search. Choose some criteria, such as Scientific Name = "Carex" (to find all Carex species), or Plant Type = "Grass or Grass-like". Press . The Results panel will open, showing all of the plants that match your criteria.

    Press the purple point next to a record, and the Detail panel will open for that record.

Editing a Record

    If you want to correct some information on the plant record (for instance, changing the value of Drill or Broadcast), press . Make the changes, and then press .

Adding a New Record

    Press to add a new plant record. Press to clear all of the field values. Enter as many of the field values as you can, and then press .

Mixes

    Each mix is represented by a record in the plant table. Records for mixes appear differently than records for plants:
    • Scientific name has no value.

    • For many mixes, a description of the mix appear in the Common name field. (These descriptions are very useful for eVegGuide users; ideally, every mix record would have a description.)

    • The value of Symbol, such as "BIOS3", is a mix identifier (a concise way of referring to the mix). (Note that it is not a USDA PLANTS code.)

    • Some mix records have a value for Cultivar, such as "Orchard middles".

    If all of the plants in a mix are annual, then the value of Growth Cycle should be "Annual". If the plants in a mix include both annuals and perennials, then the value of Growth Cycle should be "Annual / Perennial".

    If all of the plants in a mix are native, then the value of Resident Status should be "native". If the plants in a mix include both natives and non-natives, then the value of Resident Status should be "both".

    In the Detail panel if the record is of a mix, and you want to see the components of the mix, open Mix Components. If you want to edit the components of the mix, click on Mix Component Editor.

PLANT-PRACTICE EDITOR
A plant-practice record assigns a particular plant to a particular practice, purpose (subpractice), and MLRA. It also indicates whether the plant needs to be irrigated or not.

Searching for Records

    Open Search. Choose a practice number from the drop down, along with any other criteria. Press . The Results panel will open, showing all of the plants that match your criteria.

    Press the purple point next to a record, and the Detail panel will open for that record. The name of the practice and other constraints on the use of the plant are in the top section of this panel. The name of the plant and information about the plant are in the bottom section of this panel.

    To see or edit all information about the plant, click on Plant Editor.

    If the "plant" is actually a mix, and you want to edit the components of the mix, click on Mix Component Editor.

Editing a Record

    If you want to correct some information on the plant-practice record (for instance, changing the value of Drill or Broadcast), press . Make the changes, and then press .

    To change the plant, press , and all of the plant related fields will be cleared. Enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this plant-practice record. Then press .

Adding a New Record

    Press to add a new plant-practice record. Press to clear all of the field values. Enter as many of the field values as you can.

    To choose a plant, enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this plant-practice record. Then press .

MIX COMPONENT EDITOR
A mix component record assigns a particular plant to a mix.

Searching for Records

    Open Search. Enter a mix identifier such as "BIOS3" in the Mix field, along with any other criteria. Press . The Results panel will open, showing all of the plants that match your criteria. (As an example, here are all the components of BIOS3.)

    Press the purple point next to a record, and the Detail panel will open for that record. The mix identifier and the percent are in the top section of this panel. The name of the plant and information about the plant are in the bottom section of this panel.

    To see or edit all information about the plant, click on Plant Editor.

Editing a Record

    The only thing you can change on one of these records is Percent. To change a record, press . Make the changes, and then press .

    To change the plant, press , and all of the plant related fields will be cleared. Enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this mix component record. Then press .

Adding a New Record

    Press to add a new mix component record. Press to clear all of the field values. Enter as many of the field values as you can.

    To choose a plant, enter some search criteria in the plant related fields, such as Scientific Name = "Carex", and press . When you see the plant you want, click on the ID, and that plant will become the plant for this plant-practice record. Then press .

FIELD DEFINITIONS

MLRA
Major Land Resource Area. California has seventeen MLRAs.

4ETa Zone
Evapotranspiration zone, indicating the inches of available soil moisture for plant use. California has seven zones. Note that MLRA and 4ETa Zone can be determined directly from a map.

Vegetative Soil Group (Soil)
A characterization of the soil at a particular location.

Practice / Subpractice
A conservation practice involving plants, implemented by a landowner or manager.

Irrigated
Do the plants for this practice require ongoing irrigation?

SR Broadcast
For plants used in seed form, the seeding rate when seeds are broadcast.

SR Drill
For plants used in seed form, the seeding rate when seeds are applied with a drill.

Plant Spacing
For plants planted from containers or cuttings, the space between plants in feet.

Plant ID
A unique identifier of a particular plant. Note that when various cultivars of a single taxon are available, each cultivar will have its own identifier.

Symbol
For mixes, Symbol is an identifier internal to the eVegGuide. For plants, Symbol is the USDA PLANTS code.

Cultivar
Name of the horticultural variety of a plant.

Resident Status (Resident)
Native or introduced.

Plant Type
Cereal grain, Forb, Legume, Grass or Grass-like, Mix, Shrub, Tree

Growth Cycle
Annual or perennial.

Scientific Name
The scientific name of the plant.

Common Name
The common name or names of the plant.

Bloom Period (Bloom)
In which part of the year and for how long the plant usually blooms.