Like most gardeners, homesteaders,
permaculturalists (and so on) my partner and I have a mountain of books
we reference to decide what to plant, where to plant it, what's wrong
with it, how to harvest, store and use it, etc, but as much as we love
our library it takes a lot of page flipping and book swapping to answer
the question "What perennial nitrogen fixer would be at home in that shady spot by the house?" or "What grows well with tomatoes and peas?" or even "What are some good guilds/polycultures containing squashes?".
We searched for a website that could do so and provide us with all the
information we wanted, but came up empty. Moreover, we were worried by
how many websites out there are relying on their users to build a plant
database which they then claim exclusive rights over, essentially
stealing the data from the community which created it. We think it's
crucial that information on growing and using plants is free not only to
access, but to edit , share and own, especially when it is created by a community of growers.