Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

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Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper
I can’t wait for the first buds and blossoms of spring!  As I’m testing out Office 365, I’m finding that it’s the
perfect gardening companion tool.  Watch out spring, I’m just about ready for planting! 

There’s still snow on the ground in Kentucky, but that’s simply not going to stop me from planning our spring garden!  It’s already time to prioritize our planting efforts, tend to herb gardening, replenish our seed inventory and begin sowing seeds indoors.

I’m a long-time fan of Microsoft Office products, but Office 365 Home Premium has totally blown me away with the amazing array of features, accessibility, and add-ons like apps and templates. I truly have yet to scratch the surface of all this software suite is capable of, but I’m certainly digging in and finding it to be an invaluable resource for gardening.

Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

The best thing is, I don’t have to re-invent the application wheel, as plenty of templates are available to help me along with my gardening needs, including the very important Excel template for your Lawn and Garden Budget!

Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

My favorite template find is the Excel template Garden Planner.  With it, I can track my inventory, dates I seeded, location in the garden, cost, source and everything else I need to know and remember.  And of course, I can fully customize the spreadsheet including creating or deleting columns, adding notes and personalizing it until I have the perfect planner for my needs.

Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

A totally fun find is the Word template for Herb Garden Plant Markers which offers me a stylish way to label my container gardens.  They can be printed on standard paper or used with Avery labels to make it easy to adhere to garden stakes or sticks.

Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

With Office Online I can share plans and spreadsheets with my husband to get his input when he is at work or out of town.  This saves us the hassle of having to email documents back and forth and allows us to collaborate quickly on gardening and home projects to get things moving!

Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

With “anywhere access” all of my documents and notes are available to me whether I’m using my smart phone, laptop, tablet or desktop computer.  I love being able to access Office Mobile on my cell phone to view and edit documents from home or to create new ones while I’m thinking about it (great way to maximize your productivity time while waiting for appointments!) 

OneNote, however, is so far my favorite mobile app.  I can easily jot down task lists and ideas, then access them from my phone or desktop to check things off.  There’s even the ability to add photos, so I can remember which product I picked up for next year’s planning.

Office 365 Home Premium Is My New Garden Helper

There are also other notebook templates available for OneNote, like the Travel Planner Notebook and a Recipe Notebook, ones I’ll certainly be using soon for spring break and summer party recipe planning!

Have you tried Office 365 Home Premium?  Have you started your gardening planning yet?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • The Rebel Chick
    • February 28, 2014
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    What a neat idea! I never really thought to use Microsoft Office for organizational tools and whatnot. I mostly just use it for work!

    • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
    • February 28, 2014
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    WOW, I had no idea! I’m always amazed what this can do!

    • AMBER EDWARDS
    • February 28, 2014
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    I had no idea you could do so much with office 365 home premium! i definitely would use it for garden planning.

    • Susan
    • February 28, 2014
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    this seems like such a great garden helper, I sure could use this.

    • Jennifer S.
    • February 28, 2014
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    What an amazing idea! You are beyond organized. Super impressive!!!

    • Ellen
    • February 28, 2014
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    How cool that it has all of those resources already!

    • Mama to 5
    • February 28, 2014
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    what a great way to keep track of your gardening expenses!

    • Nancy Lustri
    • February 28, 2014
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    This has definitely inspired me to get started planning my garden. What a great resource to get organized too!

    • Dede
    • February 28, 2014
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    You just blew my mind!! Planning my garden is one of my very favorite projects. My organizer is a little steno pad that I just write on until the pages are full. This would be SO helpful!

    • Pam
    • February 28, 2014
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    I had no clue you could do all of this on Office. I mostly use it for blogging and my son uses it for his schoolwork.

    • Cheap Is The *New* Classy
    • February 28, 2014
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    I wouldn’t mind having a lawn and garden budget myself. Office Home Premium looks very useful!

    • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    • February 28, 2014
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    I can’t believe how fully you’re able to use the program to keep you all organized like that!

    • Melissa Au
    • February 28, 2014
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    I had no idea that you could use it for gardening!

    • Greta
    • March 1, 2014
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    I never thought about using Office for all these other things! You are so smart!!!

    • Wendy | Around My Family Table
    • March 1, 2014
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    WOW! This is awesome….I had no idea that I could do all that with Office 365!

    • tammilee
    • March 1, 2014
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    Wow, I had no idea Office 365 had these gardening options. So cool

    • Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com
    • March 3, 2014
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    I have been wondering what Office 365 had to offer. Thanks for sharing, I think I might want this now.

    • Nicole
    • March 3, 2014
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    I’m so ready for warmer weather and love creating a garden also. But I’ve never sat down to actually plan it out (let alone budget). You’re much more organized that I am!

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