A 30 Second Video Overview of Muddy Boots


Muddy Boots Plant Tags is a web-based software garden record-keeping application to help gardeners keep records about their plants and gardens. It’s simple to use and allows gardeners to keep journal notes, record information about their plants, upload pictures, and it’s integrated with an interactive QR-coded plant tag that can be scanned with a smart phone. Gardeners can access their information from their computer, tablet and phone so they can take their records with them into the garden. It’s an innovative way for gardeners to do what they’ve always done: make notes, keep garden records, label plants, and organize pictures of their garden to tell a story.

How Can I get My Data Out of Muddy Boots Plant Tags?

On the My Account page, below the PLANT AND PICTURE SUMMARY, you will see four EXPORT options.

By clicking on the ‘HERE’ link next to each of the four exports, you may download all of your data.

Plant Records, Journal Notes and Photo Captions are downloaded as CSV text files. CSV files may then be uploaded into almost any spreadsheet product such as Excel. The records in each of these files can be linked together with a unique Plant ID. Keep in mind you must have a level of basic skill with some spreadsheet tool to connect these things together. But the data is all there.

Photos are exported into a compressed zip file. The individual photo files are named after the unique Plant ID so you can link Photo Captions with the actual image files.  If you have a lot of photos in your Muddy Boots Plant Tags account, this may take a several minutes to download.

The downloads are handled based on the settings of your browser. By default, some browsers put download files into a specific folder, such as ‘Downloads’. Those who tend to do more downloading adjust their browser settings so that they are prompted to select a folder for the download rather than accepting the default download folder. The bottom line is that it will export and where it goes when it’s exported is based on your browser settings.

NOTE:  Remember, when you upload photos to Muddy Boot Plant Tags, the image file is resized so it loads quickly when viewed.  Your original file on your computer does not change.  When you EXPORT photos, you will get back the RESIZED image, not the original size. Keep in mind, you uploaded the photos into Muddy Boots Plant Tags so you should still have the originally sized photos on your computer, phone or tablet.


My Account

View, Search and Sort All Journal Notes

Your Journal Notes are associated with a Plant Record. You may view Journal Notes for each Plant Record by clicking on the Common Name or Botanical Name of the Plant on the Garden Records page. You may also view ALL JOURNAL NOTES together.

To VIEW all Journal Notes together, from the Menu at the top right corner of the page, select JOURNAL. You will see, displayed in descending order by date, all of the Journal Notes you’ve made for all of your Plant Records.

You may SEARCH all Journal Notes by clicking on the Search Box on the left side of the page. Here you may enter the text you’re looking for. The search includes: Names, Journal Note, Keyword, Garden Location and Source. Your results will be displayed in descending order by date.

You may SORT all Journal Notes by Keyword by clicking on any Keyword. It will display all of your Journal Notes in alphabetic order by Keyword.

Journal Notes will be displayed three-across with breaks after each group of 24 Journal Notes. On a tablet or smart phone, the number of Journal Notes across will vary based on the capability of the device.


All Journal Notes


Journal Notes Search


Journal Notes Keyword Sort

Delete a Journal Note

If you have created a Journal Note, but would like to DELETE this note, click the Red Pencil on the NOTE from the Plant View Page or the Journal Page. This will take you to a screen that will allow you to modify the data or DELETE the Journal Note. Go to the bottom of the page and click DELETE THIS JOURNAL NOTE. You’ll get a warning and you must click YES, DELETE PERMANENTLY to complete the delete process.

If you change your mind and decide not to delete the Journal Note, click NEVER MIND or NO, DON”T DELETE and it will not be deleted.


Delete a Journal Note

Edit a Journal Note

If you have created a Journal Note, but would like to modify or add to the information, click the Red Pencil on the NOTE from the Plant View Page or the Journal Page. This will take you to a screen that will allow you to change or add information to the Journal Note.

Once you’ve made your changes or additions, click UPDATE THIS JOURNAL NOTE at the bottom of the page. If you don’t want to save these changes, click NEVER MIND, and your Journal Note will stay as it was.


Edit a Journal Note

Add a Journal Note

A Journal Note is always associated with a Plant Record. Here’s how to add one.

At the Garden Records page click on the Common Name or Botanical Name of the Plant Record you wish to write about. This takes you to the Plant View page for that record. Below the blue box containing the basic plant data you will see the Garden Journal icon and to the left of this is ADD A JOURNAL NOTE. Click this and you may:

  • Enter a Date for the Journal Note
  • Select a KEYWORD, which is a quick search term when sorting through ALL JOURNAL NOTES
  • Enter the text of the Journal Note – this is a free-form text field


Once you’ve entered your Journal Note, click ADD THIS JOURNAL NOTE at the bottom of this page. If you decide not to add the Journal Note, click NEVER MIND and it will not be added.

NOTE: If you want to make Journal Notes about your garden in general, create a Plant Record for your garden and add Journal Notes to that Plant Record.


Add a Journal Note

Features of Muddy Boots Plant Tags

All About Garden Records
All About Garden Journal
All About Photo Gallery
Working with our Interactive Plant Tags
Access Your Garden Records from Anywhere


Garden Records is essentially the home page for your garden records at Muddy Boots Plant Tags. This is the first page you’ll see when you log in and it is where you will add plants and other records to your Garden Records. The Menu in the top right corner takes you to various functions of Muddy Boots Plant Tags.



On this page you’ll see the fields below. Except for one Name field, you do not have to fill in all of these, but they are available to you.

Plant Tag If you have assigned a Plant Tag to this record it will be displayed.
Common Name If you have entered a Common Name it will display here.  You do not have to fill this in, but you must enter either a Common Name or a Botanical Name.
Botanical Name The Botanical Name you have entered for this plant.  You do not have to fill this in, but you must enter either a Botanical Name or a Common Name.
Garden Location This is the area of your garden that this plant is in.  For example, you might have a garden location of “Front Yard” or “Perennial Border”.
Date Planted The date you put it in the ground.
Edit When you click the red pencil, you’ll see a page to edit the data you’ve entered.
Data Sheet This is a place to copy a link to a plant data sheet from an external site.  For example, you may frequently look at plant data at Missouri Botanical Garden or a specific plant producer.  A data sheet typically gives information about plant size, growing conditions, and hardiness zones.  To see an example datasheet for Dogwood, click here.

Once you’ve entered information about several plants you can SORT your Garden Records by all of these columns except Edit and Data Sheet. You may also SEARCH the text fields – either Name, Garden Location, Source – using one or more search words.




In your Garden Records, both the Common and Botanical Names link to a Plant View page that displays all of the information you’ve input about that plant. This includes the basic Garden Record data, PLUS Journal Notes you’ve made about the plant and Photos that you’ve uploaded for this plant. This is a page that you can share on social media. See a live example of Plant View for Cornus controversa Variegata.

The top of the page displays the Garden Record data and the most recent picture that you’ve uploaded. It is here that you may ASSIGN a Plant Tag by clicking the Edit Pencil and scrolling to the bottom of the page.


Plant View Top Box

On the Plant View page you may ADD a Journal Note for this plant, and any previous notes you’ve made will be displayed in date order from most recent to the oldest entry. You may wish to record notes about when you pruned or fertilized this plant or comment on its bloom. You may assign a Keyword to the note on which you may SORT Journal Notes, so for example you can easily find all of your notes on Pruning.


Journal Notes Section of Plant View

You may also ADD a Photo for this plant, along with a Title, Caption and Date the Photo was taken. Photos – slightly reduced for Gallery View – are displayed in descending order by most recent data with the plant name. By clicking on the Photo, you see a larger image along with the plant Name, Title, Caption and Date and other details about this plant.


Plant View Photo Gallery Section


Individual Photo View

The Photo upload may take a minute or two if your photos are 3 MB or larger. This also depends on the bandwidth of your internet connection. The size of the image file is reduced when uploaded to Muddy Boots Plant Tags so that they load relatively quickly when you view them. The size of the original image file on your phone or computer doesn’t change.

You may edit the data you’re looking at where ever you see the red pencil!   

You may also record information about an area of your garden or a garden project. By adding a plant named Pond Project, I documented the development of our fish pond. To see a live example click here.

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The Garden Journal (Journal in the menu top right corner) displays ALL of your Journal Notes about your plants and garden in one place, rather than showing them on an individual plant page. The notes are displayed in descending order by date with the most recent entry first. A portion of the text is displayed, but you will see a link to “more” which will display the entire Journal Note and all other data about the plant. This is a page that can be shared on social media.

You may SORT Journal Notes by the Keyword you assigned to the entry when you made it. You may SEARCH your Journal Notes for one or more search words. The search will scan Plant Names, the content of the entry, Garden Location, Source, and Keyword.


Journal Notes

To record general notes about your garden, you simply ADD a Garden Record for your garden rather than a specific plant. We named our garden Acorn Hill, so that is our garden’s Plant Name. You may choose something like “Duffy Garden” or something more fanciful. Then you can make notes and add photos about your garden in general. Click here for a live link to our Acorn Hill Garden.



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The Photo Gallery (Photos in the menu top right corner) displays ALL of your pictures of your plants and garden in one place, rather than showing them on an individual plant page. The notes are displayed in descending order by most recent date. The Plant Name and Photo Date are displayed along with the picture, but you may click on the photo to see a larger image, the Title and Caption you have entered, and all other Garden Record data about the plant. This is a page that can be shared on social media.


Photo Gallery


Photo View of Floating Cloud

You may SEARCH your Photo Gallery for one or more search words. The search will scan the Plant Names, Garden Location, Source, Title and Caption fields.

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Muddy Boots Plant Tags are interactive tags that, when scanned with a smart phone, display information that YOU have entered about YOUR plant. The tag itself is about 1” x 2” made of thick aluminum with a black UV-resistant coating. The tag is just large enough to be easy to find, but won’t interrupt up the look of your garden. A tag may be hung from a branch or pinned to the ground with a landscape pin.

The tag is etched with a QR Code that carries a tag number and web address to your page in your account at Muddy Boots Plant Tags. No two tags will ever have the same QR Code.

To SCAN a Muddy Boots Plant Tag you must have a QR Code Reader on your smart phone. Many are available FREE for both Android and iPhone. We recommend the i-nigma reader for speed and ease of use, and it is available for both Android and iPhone and you download it like any other app.

Get the i-nigma for iPhone/iPad here.
Get the i-nigma for Android here.

To see a live Plant View of Dwarf Fothergilla, use your phone to SCAN this tag:

Fothergilla Tag

Note: QR Codes are becoming increasingly prevalent in commerce. Once you know what one is, you’ll start seeing them everywhere.

Visitors to your garden may also SCAN your Muddy Boots Plant Tags. Because you must be logged in to your account to make any changes, your visitors will only view Plant View Pages, but will not be able to add or change anything. The Plant View Page displays the information you’ve entered about your plant.

To SCAN a tag, open your QR Code Reader on your phone – it uses your phone’s camera – and align the tag in the frame on your phone. You should be able to read it from about 18” or closer. Your Plant View Page for that tag will display on your phone and you’ll see all your information including Names, Garden Location, Source, Date Planted, a link to a Data Sheet PLUS your Journal Notes and your Photos.


Not all of your Garden Records will have a Plant Tag. You may create Garden Records for all your plants, but only tag certain ones such as important specimen plants or new plants that you’re still becoming familiar with. Of course, you may tag all of your plants if you like.

When you buy Muddy Boots Plant Tags – available in bundles of 5 tags – your account will be assigned a unique block of tag numbers. As soon as you’ve bought them, you’ll see them in your account and you may begin assigning them – even before they’ve come in the mail.

To ASSIGN a tag to a plant, you will ADD A RECORD. At the bottom of this screen is a field called PLANT TAG. You will click inside this box, and the plant tags that you’ve purchased will display. You simply select one and that’s it! You may also ASSIGN a tag to a record you’ve already created using the EDIT function.

Edit Plant Fothergilla

Once you’ve assigned one of your tag numbers to a record, it will no longer show as available to assign. You may, however, re-assign one of your tag numbers, say for instance you’re plant died. You EDIT the original garden record and click in the Plant Tag box. It will let you REMOVE THIS TAG. Once done, that tag number is released back into your available tag numbers and you may ASSIGN it to another plant, perhaps its replacement.


It is easiest to ADD your Garden Records and ASSIGN your tags at the computer or tablet, then take your physical tags to the garden. You do not need to keep track of which tag goes with which plant … simply take your smart phone to the garden with you, scan a tag you’ve assigned, and attach it to that plant with either a wire or landscape pin.

Nancy Tagging a Plant


Tags are sold in bundles of five. You may buy several bundles at once, or add more later on. The more bundles you buy at once, the lower the price per bundle. Once you’ve subscribed, you may order tags from your My Account Page.

1 – 5 bundles $9.95 per bundle
6 – 10 bundles $9.45 per bundle
11 – 15 bundles $8.96 per bundle
16+ bundles $8.46 per bundle

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Muddy Boots Plant Tags is online which means you can get to it anywhere you have an internet connection AND you can log in with your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Your phone is great for SCANNING the tags and VIEWING your Garden Records in the garden. Your tablet or computer is great for ADDING Garden Records, Journal Notes and Photos.

Remember, you can share on social media many pages from your Muddy Boots Plant Tags account, including Plant View Pages, My Garden Page, Journal Note Pages, and Photo Gallery Pages. You may also email a link to these pages to a friend. It’s simple and a fun way to share your garden!

To see a live Plant View page for our Pond Project, click here!

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