New design and features in Greenius

The last few months we have been busy preparing Greenius for the new gardening season. Here is a few things we have been working on:

Shop

In our new Greenius Shop we have curated the best gardening products from selected retailers to give you an easy way to shop for everything you need in your garden.

Greenius Shop

 

We have designed a sleek and simple shop for the best user experience, selecting the best products from independent retailers:

greenius shop product

Topics

Gardeners care much more than about their harvests. Now you can follow topics that interest you (like cooking, climate change or yes, gardening) and get the best articles on the subjects on your own timeline.

greenius topics

Re-design

New features aside, we have re-designed Greenius with a clean esthetic for the best user experience and usability.

Landing Page

An entirely new landing page, where you can see gardener and product widgets from the web app, as well as a live world map of our growers. Also there is direct access to the Shop and the Explore section, without needing to log in.

Greenius-landing-page

User home

The new user home feels cleaner, as we have included a choice to show or hide the plot, and decreased the number of post categories.

greenius user home

Plot editing

We’ve made editing the plot (a graphical representation of your garden) easier and with more options:

greenius-plot-edition

Explore/Search

And finally, we re-designed the search feature to make it more intuitive and added the above mentioned Topics to the searchable (and follow-able) entities (along with Posts, Growers and Plants).

greenius-search-plants

 

What do you reckon? We’d love to hear your feedback, so drop us a line at info@greeni.us to share your thoughts if you’d like, cheers!

What to Grow in December

December is probably the less appealing month in the garden, the short day and cold weather reduce the activity to a minimum and we also devote less time to the garden, since neither the climate nor the social events leave us much time on these dates.

 

But the garden is not paralyzed at all, we will always have things to do, either tending the few plants that remain, mainly by weeding, either by picking up the last harvest, or preparing the soil for the next season.

 

Anyway, there are still a few things you can grow in your garden in December. Here is the list, and I hope some  gardening will keep you warm!

 

Garlic

Garlic

It is very easy to grow, the care is simple and you can even have them in pots. Great choice If you do not have much space.

Onions

Onion

You can plant a batch now to harvest in spring, in a well drained spot of your garden.

Radishes

Radish

Radishes can be sowed anytime of the year. Remember to do successional sowing to avoid gluts of radishes you don’t know what to do with!

Broad Beans

Broad Beans

The broad bean can endure harsh and cold climates, so it’s an ideal plant for winter.

Peas

peas

Early peas are planted between the months of October and February for a spring harvest.

Herbs (indoors)

Outdoor gardening is limited during the winter months, so it can be a great option to sow some herbs in pots in a guarded area.

Basil

Basil

Basil is a very common aromatic herb to plant at home and can be used to make some delicious pesto sauce. It is easy to plant , you only need to put it where it direct sunlight and go by watering frequently. Keep in mind that this is an annual plant that is to be planted anew each year.

Chives

Chives

Chives, with their soft and spicy flavor, add a nice touch to salads and many other recipes. Chives grow fast and will soon fill the pot. When that happens, transplant it to a bigger pot.

 

Oregano

Oregano

One of the most commonly used spice in cooking is oregano, a plant of Mediterranean origin. Oregano is a very hardy plant, so you’ll have no issues growing it strong and healthy .

Parsley

Parsley

With a pot, some soil and some seeds, watering frequently and a good dose of sunshine, we can grow parsley quickly and easily any time of the year.

Thyme

Thyme

Planting is done in late winter, to provide full grown plants during spring and summer. With a packet of seeds you will have plenty for the whole year .

What’s in your garden at the moment? In our plot, we are harvesting broccoli and spinach as needed in the kitchen, and we hope to start picking some leeks soon. When (if?) it stops raining we might sow some garlic and plant some onions too.

 

Happy winter gardening!!

New on Greenius: plant cards, notifications and public accounts

Fall begins today, a season when gardening activities start to mellow a bit, in preparation for next spring. But not for us! In Greenius we are working hard to improve our web app and make it useful (and fun!) for all gardeners around.

 

Here are our latest changes and new features:

Plant Cards

This will make a very useful addition to your information and organization of the garden, we think. This is a page or card dedicated to each of the plant growing in your plot. The data you can add to the plant card is: variety, number of plants, and “More info“, where you can add anything you’d like. On the bottom, all the posts about this plant will show in chronological order.

 

Greenius Plant Card

 

There are two ways you can access a plant card:

1. From the plant widget in the “Growing” section in the grower home, clicking on the “Card” button or the plant name:

 

Plant Widget

 

2. From a grower’s widget (which you can find in the Following/Followers section, for example), clicking on the plant icons:

 

Greenius Grower Widget

 

To access Irati’s broccoli card, go to: https://greeni.us/Irati/growing/Broccoli

Notifications

We have added a new element to the top toolbar so you can see all that’s going on in your Greenius account: new followers, a comment on your post, somebody liking your post, etc.

 

Greenius Notifications

 

We are working on the email format of the notifications. Coming soon!

Public Accounts

Last but not least, we are making a significant change affecting all Greenius accounts. As of September 2014, all Greenius accounts will be public by default, meaning that they can be viewed by non-registered users. If you wish your account to remain private, you must login to Greenius and tick the box in “Make this account private”. You can also easily delete your account if you wish so in the same Setting page, accessible from the menu on the top right corner.

 

As part of this change, we have also updated our Terms and Privacy policy, please read it carefully here.

 

As always, Greenius is a work in progress, so we appreciate all your feedback, opinions and requests. Don’t be shy and drop us a line to info@greeni.us.

 

Happy gardening!

Greenius – Getting Started

This blog post will guide through the (easy) steps for setting up your Greenius account. Let’s do it!

1.- Sign up/Log in

In our landing page (http://greeni.us), register in 5 seconds (or login in even less). You’ll receive a confirmation email in a few seconds.

2.- Enter plot name and size

First things first, we need your plot name and size. So grab a measuring tape (or size it with your steps), and enter your plot dimensions (units are meters or feet, depending on the system chosen).

 

enius plot name and size

 

An empty grid we’ll be created such as this in your user home:

 

Greenius plot grid

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New demo and features in Greenius

New Greenius demo

We have been very busy lately making improvements and building new features for Greenius. We have recorded a new demo (don’t you love the tune?) showcasing the main functions in the app, such as editing the plot, posting a message, etc:

 

New and improved Greenius features

  • Questions: a very exciting feature, we think. Now, if you add #question to your post, this will pop up in everyone’s timeline, so anyone can help you out. See image below.
  • Resize plot: if you made a mistake when you created a plot, or you changed the size of your garden, now you can resize your Greenius plot in one simple step. Note: your garden plants will re-arrange as a result of the resizing, so you will have to fill the grid with the vegetable icons again.
  • Love post: we have added a new heart shaped icon to the posts so you can mark your favourite posts.
  • Tooltip: when you hover over a plot or the icons in a user profile widget, the name of the plant will be displayed.
  • Weather widget: now you can see what’s the weather like in other gardeners’ location. We have also added a reminder in your user home if you haven’t set you location yet.
  • Security: last but not least, we have upgraded the security of Greenius to HTTPS for extra protection.

Greenius questions

Coming soon…

These are some of the new features that will be available in Greenius very soon:

  • Image upload: you will be able to add images to your posts.
  • Notifications: users will be notified by email when they have a new follower, comment, etc.
  • Social log in: so you don’t need yet another password to join us.
  • … the list is open! Tell us what you’d like to see in Greenius, all feedback and suggestions are welcome. As always, contact us here.

 

Walking the talk! Starting our own vegetable garden

In Greenius we believe in accountability and coherence, so we couldn’t but do what we preach, which is growing our own food. We have the privilege of living in a house with a huge garden, so we delimited a small space to create our plot. As veggie growing beginners, we want to start small, and we are taking the lean approach to gardening as we do to software business development for Greenius.

 

As part of organic gardening, we are planning to use crop rotation to maximize soil fertility and minimize pests and diseases, dividing the plot into three areas. (There will be a post on this subject once we decide which plants to grow).

 

So with the first sunny day in weeks, we got to it. First things first, lets see the before picture of our garden:

Migelena_before_garden

 

First gardening lesson we learned: plants don’t grow near a male kiwi tree. We are not sure whether this is old wives’ tale or has a sound scientific basis, but we have planned our plot accordingly and therefore this will have an inverted L shape to avoid the roots of the kiwi tree.

 

The first task to undertake was the digging of the garden, for which we had an enthusiastic helper:

 

Digging it

 

And after a good hour’s effort with the good old fork, the results show in our project garden (seen from our first floor window):

 

Digged garden

 

 

Second gardening lesson: digging gives you blisters, use gardening globes next time.

 

The next task will be spreading compost in the plot. We have been composting since last summer, and are very curious to see what the outcome has been. We have seen lots of bugs in the compost bin, which is promising, but we’ve been a bit inconsistent with the weekly stirring of the smelly waste, so we shall see! We hope to spread this natural fertilizer this week while we still enjoy sunny weather.

 

I will be posting more about our gardening endeavour in Greenius. My username is Irati (you can find me with the new “Find Gardeners” functionalty or the Search tool), and so far I created a 7m x 5m plot as seen below:

 

Migelena garden plot

 

I will be adding vegetable and herbs to the Greenius plot as we sow and plant them, I can’t wait! I think I have already caught the gardening bug…

 

Grow your own food and share it to the world

greenius-ecosystem
Greenius is a platform that we have built with lots of passion and love to bring together people who love growing their food in their gardens, farms or balconies.

 

More and more people are getting into fresh and local food (farm to table movement, organic farming, slow food) for health and ethical reasons, and many of you grow your own food. Greenius gives you an easy, fast and cool tool to connect to other gardeners and farmers.

 

You can easily design your garden plot and introduce the products you are growing, and then start sharing the joys and sorrows of working in the garden. You can follow and be followed by other users, and with the use of hashtags you will be able to share and search about the best techniques, seeds or tools for the plants you are growing.

 

Greenius can help you if you are a passionate home grower and need assistance in your gardening efforts and sharing the results with like minded people. Or if you are a farmer that wants to get across the message of your hard work, dedication and care that results in getting your produce to the market. Showcasing how you grow your products and thus enabling more transparency towards the increasingly health and environment conscious consumers.

 

Our ultimate vision is to become the main reference for growers everywhere and foster the green lifestyle for present and future generations.

 

If you need further assistance or have feedback we will be delighted to hear from you!